Author: Chris Harlan


Avonworth’s Dimitri Velisaris rushed for 174 yards in Friday’s win over West Mifflin.
5 things we learned in high school football Week 5: Ground game pays off in win column
September 30, 2023
One of the WPIAL’s leading rushers shook off an ankle injury and returned to the field Friday night, helping West Greene’s offense run its way to victory.

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Nick McCullough and Peters Township remained atop the Class 5A rankings.
Trib HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Sept. 30. 2023
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North Allegheny’s Wren Kucler wins the Class 3A girls race at the Tri-State Coaches Association Cross Country Championships in 2021.
For North Allegheny cross country team, it’s a matter of staying the course
When it comes to putting down cones, North Allegheny might be second only to PennDOT. There are always plenty lining the school’s cross county course in North Park.

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Avonworth’s Andrew Kuban eludes West Mifflin’s Del Ron White en route to a third quarter touchdown during their game on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, in Ohio Twp.
Wildcat attack sparks dominant 3rd quarter as Avonworth runs away from West Mifflin
There was no fiery halftime speech, but instead, one offensive adjustment had Avonworth looking like a different team in the third quarter.

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Knoch’s Brady Pflugh (right) and Ethan Alwine chase Elizabeth Forward’s Charlie Nigut on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023.
5 things to watch in WPIAL Week 5: Finally, every team has reached conference play
September 29, 2023
WPIAL teams are now five weeks into the football season and 14 schools had yet to play a conference game.

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Avonworth’s Andrew Kuban works out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023, in Ohio Twp.
Fear the Antelopes: Under-the-radar Avonworth to meet West Mifflin in key conference clash
September 28, 2023
Would there be more buzz for a type of cat, bear or angry bird?

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Shady Side Academy girls basketball coach Jonna Burke leads a huddle during the 2022-23 season.
Suspended Shady Side Academy coach Jonna Burke files lawsuit against PIAA
September 27, 2023
Shady Side Academy girls basketball coach Jonna Burke, who’s facing a one-year suspension for an alleged recruiting violation, has sued the PIAA seeking an injunction that would let her coach.

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North Catholic’s Brady O’Hara pulls in a catch between Highlands’ MenageLucas and Montrell Johnson Thursday Sept. 15, 2023 at J.C. Stone Field.
North Catholic junior Brady O’Hara commits to Penn State: ‘White Out sold it for me’
September 26, 2023
North Catholic junior Brady O’Hara has visited Penn State’s campus enough times that he’s almost lost count.

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Tikey Hayes announces his commitment to play football at Penn State on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, at Aliquippa High School.
Aliquippa junior Tiqwai Hayes commits to Penn State
September 25, 2023
When Penn State assistant coach Terry Smith visited an Aliquippa football practice three years ago, he approached Quips coach Mike Warfield with a question.

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The Fleet, Central Catholic’s student section, cheers on the Vikings against North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, in McCandless.
5 things we learned in high school football Week 4: Brownsville wins for 1st time in 4 seasons
September 23, 2023
The drive home from Cupples Stadium is about an hour, but good news travels faster than Brownsville’s team bus.

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Garrett Eicher and his Mt. Pleasant teammates jumped into the Class 3A rankings this week.
WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Sept. 24, 2023
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North Allegheny’s Arnav Patel celebrates with Zach Nash after scoring against Seneca Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, in McCandless.
North Allegheny boys soccer team living up to standards set by 2nd-year coach
This is year two for Manuel Montero, and the North Allegheny boys soccer coach says there’s a much greater comfort level for the team this fall, and it shows.

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Central Catholic’s Elijah Faulkner dives into the end zone to score his first touchdown against North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, in McCandless.
Central Catholic makes statement, handles North Allegheny
September 22, 2023
There already were reasons to believe Central Catholic was the team to beat in the WPIAL, starting with a roster that’s heavy in major-college recruits.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner carries against Woodland Hills on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, at the Wolvarena.
North Allegheny, Central Catholic are familiar rivals, but this No. 1 vs. No. 2 clash has different feel
North Allegheny’s practices were noticeably faster this week, said coach Art Walker, but the Tigers weren’t getting off the field any earlier. It’s just that the defense was working at a quicker pace.

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Peters Township wide receiver Ethan Wertman catches a pass at practice.
5 things to watch in WPIAL Week 4: Schedule pits No. 1 vs. No. 2 in top-ranked matchups
If a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup wasn’t enough excitement for a Friday night, this week also is homecoming at Peters Township, so football coach T.J. Plack had a message for his players.

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WPIAL medals are shown at the district swimming championships.
Laurel school board limits girls sports at its facilities to athletes with ‘XX chromosomes’
September 20, 2023
Citing concerns over safety and fairness, one WPIAL school district has adopted a gender policy that limits girls sports to biological females.

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WPIAL says discipline for ‘egregious’ Imani Christian-Steel Valley fight rests with schools
September 18, 2023
“Egregious” was how WPIAL executive director Scott Seltzer described Friday’s fight between Imani Christian and Steel Valley football players, but he was optimistic there’d be a resolution without WPIAL intervention.

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Waynesburg’s Breydon Woods works during a preseason practice.
5 things we learned in high school football Week 3: Turnarounds abound this year
September 16, 2023
Call this the year of the turnaround.

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Fight mars final minute of Imani Christian-Steel Valley football game
The WPIAL will look into an on-field fight that marred the final minute of Friday night’s football game between Imani Christian and Steel Valley.

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Jackson Bauman (left) and his Knoch teammates joined the WPIAL Class 3A rankings this week.
WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Sept. 17, 2023
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Beaver’s Amari Jackson eludes South Park’s Robert Lenzi along the sideline during their game on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, in Beaver.
No. 4 Beaver has right answers for defeating No. 5 South Park in Western Hills opener
Amari Jackson was upset for about 15 seconds and Beaver teammate Qualan Cain felt down for no more than 20.

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West Mifflin’s Rico Steele works out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023, in West Mifflin.
5 things to watch in WPIAL Week 3: Preseason contenders cope with 0-3 starts
September 15, 2023
West Mifflin started the season ranked second in WPIAL Class 3A, but the Titans are still winless after three weeks.

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Westinghouse’s Ty Abram scores past USO’s Brandon Masie during their City League game on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.
Westinghouse tops University Prep, but ‘made too many mistakes’ for state title aspirations
Westinghouse sophomore Kyshawn Robinson scored twice and senior Sincere Shannon forced a fumble with a strip sack, but neither was all too happy.

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The Pine-Richland student section cheers on the Rams during their game against Penn Hills on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, in Pine.
PIAA changes how it counts students, likely increasing public school enrollment numbers
September 13, 2023
Public schools will see their enrollments increase in the next few months, at least according to PIAA statistics.

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PIAA championship trophy for boys basketball
NIL violations will leave high school athletes ineligible under new PIAA policy
Pennsylvania high school athletes who repeatedly violate name, image and likeness rules would lose their eligibility entirely under penalties adopted Wednesday by the PIAA.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger lunges into the end zone to score against Pine-Richland on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, in Pine.
5 things we learned in Week 2: Rough night for defending WPIAL champions
September 11, 2023
Week 2 was a rough night for defending WPIAL champions.

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Mt. Lebanon’s James Green (6) helped his team move up to No. 3 in the Class 6A rankings.
Trib HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Sept. 10, 2023
September 9, 2023
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Laurel Highlands’ Antwan Black
Injured Laurel Highlands football player Antwan Black, flown by medical helicopter, ‘in good spirits’
As injured teammate Antwan Black Jr. was on his way to the hospital, first by ambulance and then by helicopter, Laurel Highlands players had a tough decision to make.

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North Allegheny’s Kyra Schmidt plays against Shaler Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, at North Allegheny High School.
North Allegheny reloads lineup in quest for 7th straight PIAA volleyball title
First-time starters on the North Allegheny girls volleyball team surely have more seasoning than most since they’ve practiced for years against a state championship lineup.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger scrambles against Pine-Richland on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, in Pine.
Quarterback Julian Dugger shows his versatility as No. 1 Penn Hills holds off No. 2 Pine-Richland
It’s no exaggeration when Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger says he did everything he could to win this one.

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Thomas Jefferson receiver Sean Sullivan goes in motion behind quarterback Luke Kosko during practice on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, in Jefferson.
5 things to watch in Week 2: WPIAL teams are winning with multiple QBs
September 8, 2023
There’s an old saying about football teams with two starting quarterbacks actually having none, but Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak clearly disagrees.

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Penn Hills’ Amir Key catches a pass during preseason practice.
‘Champs until proven otherwise:’ Penn Hills challenges Pine-Richland in No. 1 vs. 2 clash
September 7, 2023
Penn Hills is ranked No. 1 in WPIAL football, but Pine-Richland is the reigning conference, WPIAL and PIAA champion until someone takes those titles away.

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Aliquippa’s Tikey Hayes works out on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Aliquippa.
Aliquippa running back Tiqwai Hayes narrows college options to Top 8
September 5, 2023
College football teams from the ACC, Big Ten and Big 12 are among the eight favorites to land Aliquippa running back Tiqwai Hayes.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Fred LaSota carries past Bethel Park’s Jack Bruckner during the second quarter Friday.
5 things we learned in high school football Week 1: Longtime Bethel Park coach returns but on opposite sideline
September 2, 2023
Seeing Jeff Metheny at Bethel Park’s football stadium isn’t unusual, but seeing the longtime Black Hawks coach wearing Mt. Lebanon colors certainly is.

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Quinton Martin helped to lead Class 3A No. 1 Belle Vernon to a victory over Laurel Highlands on Friday.
Trib HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Sept. 3, 2023
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Mt. Lebanon’s Noah Schaerli celebrates after catching the winning touchdown in overtime to defeat Bethel Pak, 19-16, on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023, at Bethel Park.
Mt. Lebanon tops rival Bethel Park in overtime, avenging last year’s OT loss
September 1, 2023
Mt. Lebanon thought they’d won and then were sure they’d lost, so the surprised smile junior Noah Schaerli showed afterward summed up Friday’s win perfectly.

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Bethel Park head coach Phil Peckich watches his team work out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, in Bethel Park.
Bethel Park, Mt. Lebanon ignore talk of ‘down year’ after coaching change, graduations
New head coaches. Rosters hurt by graduation. Bethel Park and Mt. Lebanon came into this football season with similar situations.

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The Aliquippa football team works out at the Quips’ new stadium on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Aliquippa.
5 things to watch in Week 1: A red-letter day in Aliquippa as the new Heinz Field opens
Not only is Aliquippa’s new football stadium named Heinz Field, but like its North Shore namesake, the Red Zone should be popular.

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Central Catholic coach Ryan Lehmeier talks with his offense during their game against Woodland Hills on Friday.
5 things we learned in Week Zero: New coaches find success quickly
August 26, 2023
Central Catholic players were kneeling around new coach Ryan Lehmeier in a postgame circle when longtime Vikings assistant Ron Fuchs spoke up.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner slides for a first down against Woodland Hills on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, at the Wolvarena.
Trib HSSN WPIAL high school football rankings: Week ending Aug. 27, 2023
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Central Catholic’s Vernon Settles scores during the third quarter against Woodland Hills on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, at the Wolvarena.
Central Catholic routs Woodland Hills in Ryan Lehmeier’s debut as Vikings coach
There’s no question Ryan Lehmeier’s reputation as a motivator and sharp offensive mind enticed Central Catholic to hire him as a first-time head coach.

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Central Catholic head coach Ryan Lehmeier works with his team during practice on Monday, Aug. 27 2023, in Oakland.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
August 24, 2023
TribLive HSSN broke down the top players at one position per day leading up to Week Zero. Now, here’s a look at the top coaching changes for the 2023 season.

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Upper St. Clair kicker Bennett Henderson takes a celebratory selfie after the Panthers’ 24-21 victory over Gateway in the first-round of the 2022 WPIAL football playoffs Nov. 4, 2022.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the specialists
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top specialists for the 2023 season.

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Central Catholic assistant coach Jason Pinkston uses a television while talking with players during a game at Seneca Valley last season. Teams increasingly are able to analyze film during games.
High school teams go high tech: Local football programs invest in innovative tools
North Allegheny’s Art Walker has coached long enough to remember when filming practice required a bulky camcorder and tapes.

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Bishop Canevin’s Jason Cross plays against Union in the WPIAL Class A championship game on Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the safeties
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top safeties for the 2023 season.

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Bishop Canevin’s Kole Olszewski throws during the Willie Thrower quarterback camp May 13 at Valley High School.
Bishop Canevin gets back to basics in quest to return to top of WPIAL Class A heap
August 23, 2023
Bishop Canevin coach Rich Johnson believes his team will be boring at times this season, and he’s excited to see it.

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Westinghouse’s Kyshawn Robinson (2) defends a pass against Allderdice last season at Cupples Stadium.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the cornerbacks
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top cornerbacks for the 2023 season.

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Shady Side Academy girls basketball coach Jonna Burke
PIAA upholds 1-year suspension for Shady Side Academy girls basketball coach Jonna Burke
August 22, 2023
The PIAA sided with the WPIAL on Tuesday and upheld the one-year suspension of Shady Side Academy girls basketball coach Jonna Burke.

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Central Catholic linebacker Cole Sullivan works out with teammates during practice on Monday, Aug. 27 2023, in Oakland.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the linebackers
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top linebackers for the 2023 season.

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Central Catholic’s Ty Yuhas works out during practice on Aug. 27 2023, in Oakland.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the defensive line
August 21, 2023
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top defensive linemen for the 2023 season.

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Clairton’s Michael Wright throws during the Willie Thrower quarterback camp at Valley High School.
With roster loaded with skill, Clairton planning to return to WPIAL championship picture
August 20, 2023
Call it what you want, football in shorts or touch football, but Clairton coach Wayne Wade sees some value in 7-on-7 tournaments, so his Bears spend the summer competing in them.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger works out during practice on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023, in Penn Hills.
2023 WPIAL Class 5A football breakdown: Reaching postseason no easy task
In WPIAL Class 5A, there’s no room for error.

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Shaler tight end Brandon London
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the tight ends
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top tight ends for the 2023 season.

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Cory works out during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, in Pine.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the offensive line
August 19, 2023
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top offensive linemen for the 2023 season.

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Clairton officials unveiled artist renderings of renovations to Neil C. Brown Stadium on Aug. 18, 2023, at Clairton.
Clairton seeking donations to renovate 93-year-old football stadium
August 18, 2023
Before next football season, Clairton’s nearly century-old stadium could undergo a major renovation with new seats, locker rooms and restrooms, artificial turf, modern lighting and a brickwork entrance.

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Central Catholic receiver Peter Gonzalez catches a pass during practice on Monday, Aug. 27 2023, in Oakland.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the wide receivers
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top wide receivers for the 2023 season.

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Imani coach LaRoi Johnson looks on as quarterback Stephen Vandiver throws during a 7-on-7 competition July 24 at Burrell High School.
Enthusiasm grows at Imani Christian with numbers up, talent abundant
August 17, 2023
Imani Christian’s practices look different this summer than last, largely because there are twice as many players.

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Aliquippa’s Tikey Hayes smiles after making a play on defense during practice on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Aliquippa.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the running backs
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top running backs for the 2023 season.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger throws a pass during practice on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023, in Penn Hills.
2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
August 15, 2023
Starting today, TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top quarterbacks for the 2023 season.

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Mars head coach Eric Kasperowicz works with his team during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, at Mars.
With experienced roster returning, Mars’ jump is ‘mind blowing’
August 12, 2023
Mars coach Eric Kasperowicz doesn’t go out of his way to compare his current team with his previous one, but he does see some promising similarities.

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New North Allegheny hall of famer Mike McMahon tutoring next generation of QBs
Some quarterbacks get starting jobs early in high school, draw college offers as sophomores and hear fans predict how they’ll someday play on Sundays.

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Aliquippa’s Tikey Hayes works out on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Aliquippa.
Skill returns, but Aliquippa has holes to fill in quest for WPIAL 3-peat
August 11, 2023
In a tradition-rich football town with 19 WPIAL titles, change doesn’t come easily for everyone.

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Woodland Hills head coach Brian Tarrant watches his team practice on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023, at the Wolvarena.
New Woodland Hills coach expects big, athletic line to pave way to success
August 10, 2023
Woodland Hills football is well known for the wide receivers, running backs and defense backs who migrated from Friday nights to Saturdays and eventually Sunday afternoons.

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Gateway quarterback Brad Birch takes a snap during practice on Monday, Aug. 27 2023, in Monroeville.
With new big-play offense, Gateway looks to return to playoff win column
August 9, 2023
Most visitors return from Florida with theme park souvenirs, a suntan and maybe some oranges, but Gateway coach Don Holl brought home a new offense.

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Central Catholic linebacker Anthony Speca works out with teammates during practice on Monday, Aug. 27 2023, in Oakland.
As football season begins with heat week, Central Catholic starts to lay foundation
August 7, 2023
Central Catholic’s new football coach, Ryan Lehmeier, and his predecessor, Terry Totten, were both on the practice field Monday when the Vikings started heat acclimation.

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Blackhawk head coach Zack Hayward watches practice on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Chippewa.
Blackhawk preparing to change football coaches days before camp starts
Add one more name to the list of schools with new head football coaches.

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Westinghouse cornerback Kyshawn Robinson (2) defends a pass against Allderdice last season at Cupples Stadium.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Westinghouse’s Kyshawn Robinson
August 5, 2023
Westinghouse reached the state finals last fall with a senior-heavy lineup, so the Bulldogs are destined for a down year, right?

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North Catholic defensive end Brady O’Hara looks around while squatting in formation during practice at North Catholic High School on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: North Catholic’s Brady O’Hara
July 30, 2023
Being tall isn’t a new experience for North Catholic’s Brady O’Hara.

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PIAA state championship trophy for basketball.
‘No one has a better answer:’ PIAA relying on principals to identify transgender athletes
July 29, 2023
High school principals in Pennsylvania are asked to identify transgender athletes as male or female under PIAA rules, while other states empower a health care provider or use a student’s birth certificate to make that decision.

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West Mifflin’s Rico Steele was an all-conference lineman in 2022.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: West Mifflin’s Rico Steele
July 25, 2023
Rico Steele earned all-conference honors a year ago as a big-bodied brawler, but the West Mifflin lineman spent the offseason reinventing himself.

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Jonna Burke
Recruiting by H.S. coaches under microscope after Shady Side basketball coach’s suspension
July 22, 2023
A one-year suspension is the punishment for any PIAA coach caught recruiting, but is that rule taken seriously in every case and in all corners of the state?

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Shady Side Academy girls basketball coach Jonna Burke has coached for 28 seasons and accumulated 500 wins. She also has coached teams at Butler and Bethel Park.
WPIAL suspends Shady Side Academy girls basketball coach Jonna Burke for recruiting violation
July 20, 2023
When the parents of a basketball player from another school followed her on Twitter, Shady Side Academy coach Jonna Burke checked their profiles and sent them a direct message.

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Mt. Lebanon lineman Connor Young plays against Gateway last season in Monroeville.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Mt. Lebanon’s Connor Young
July 18, 2023
Watching game film of last season was Mike Collodi’s way to learn quickly about the Blue Devils roster he inherited after Mt. Lebanon hired him as football coach.

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Bethel Park’s Ben Guffey shoots a free throw in front of the Baldwin student section late in the game on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, at Baldwin.
1-and-1 free throws eliminated in basketball rule changes approved by PIAA
July 14, 2023
The one-and-one free throw has effectively fouled out of Pennsylvania high school basketball.

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The Shaler Area baseball team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Strath Haven in the PIAA Class 5A final on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Penn State.
PIAA expands competitive-balance rule to include baseball, softball, soccer and other sports
The PIAA competitive-balance rule that now targets only football and basketball is expanding to include more team sports and some individual ones.

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Bishop Canevin’s Jason Cross throws a pass during practice.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Bishop Canevin’s Jason Cross
July 12, 2023
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of 25 profiles of the members of the Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team.

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Oakland A’s select Brownsville outfielder Derrick Tarpley in MLB Draft
July 11, 2023
Brownsville maybe isn’t a familiar stop for some MLB scouts, but the Oakland A’s visited multiple times this spring to see senior outfielder Derrick Tarpley.

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Joe Namath shares a laugh during a 2011 ceremony at Beaver Falls High School.
USA Today names 3 WPIAL greats among best high school quarterbacks in history
July 10, 2023
Who was the best high school quarterback in history?

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North Allegheny’s Kellie McConnell avoids Norwin’s Bailey Snowberger in a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal at Fox Chapel.
North Allegheny’s Kellie McConnell follows familiar path, commits to Duquesne basketball
July 7, 2023
Kellie McConnell’s family is already linked with Duquesne basketball’s past and present, so she decided to help shape the program’s future as well.

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Avonworth pitcher Alivia Lantzy delivers against Seton LaSalle during their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at Montour High School.
2023 Pennsylvania All-State Softball Team
July 6, 2023
Avonworth’s Alivia Lantzy, Seneca Valley’s Lexie Hames and Serra Catholic’s Caroline Malandra earned individual honors Thursday when the all-state softball team was announced.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher scores past Lincoln Park’s DeAndre Moye during their PIAA Class 4A state quarterfinal on Friday, March 17, 2023, at Norwin.
Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher named 2022-23 TribLive HSSN Boys Athlete of the Year
July 2, 2023
Rodney Gallagher was so good at both basketball and football that the Laurel Highlands star considered for a while trying to play both in college.

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Freedom’s Shaye Bailey celebrates with teammates after defeating Springdale in the WPIAL Class A championship game on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at Highmark Stadium.
Freedom’s Shaye Bailey named 2022-23 TribLive HSSN Girls Athlete of the Year
In an era where specialization is trendy in high school sports, Freedom’s Shaye Bailey doesn’t like that idea.

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Shaler’s Miguel Hugas celebrates his home run with teammates during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Strath Haven on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Penn State.
2023 Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Year: Shaler’s Miguel Hugas
July 1, 2023
The Strath Haven students behind the third base dugout decided to taunt Miguel Hugas with chants of “overrated.”

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Westinghouse’s Michael Richardson (right) and Nyxai Robinson sack Farrell’s Kabron Smith during the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals.
Looking back: The WPIAL’s top storylines from 2022-23
Nov. 11, 2022

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Canevin quarterback Jason Cross throws during the Willie Thrower quarterbacks camp Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Valley High School.
Bishop Canevin safety Jason Cross, whose recruiting stock soared, commits to West Virginia
June 30, 2023
As one of the WPIAL’s hottest football recruits, Jason Cross spent months touring far-flung college campuses, with visits to Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Kentucky, Syracuse and Cincinnati on his calendar.

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Neshannock pitcher Addyson Frye delivers against Laurel during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Thursday, June 1, 2023, at Lilly Field.
2023 TribLive HSSN Softball All-Stars
June 29, 2023
Neshannock’s Addyson Frye and Union’s Mia Preuhs were only sophomores this spring, yet the standout pitchers are already two-time WPIAL champions each.

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Seton LaSalle’s DiMaggio LoNero celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Serra Catholic in the Class 2A final on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Wild Things Park.
2023 TribLive HSSN Baseball All-Stars
June 28, 2023
This was a historic spring for WPIAL baseball teams, starting with Riverside’s undefeated run to a state championship, something no other WPIAL team had ever accomplished.

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes carries past Central Valley’s Tyler Ondrusek during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
KDKA announces 10-game high school football schedule for Pittsburgh’s CW
June 26, 2023
KDKA will televise regular season high school football games this fall on sister station Pittsburgh’s CW starting with an Aug. 25 contest between Blackhawk and Beaver Falls.

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North Allegheny’s Maddie Fickess celebrates with teammates during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Garnet Valley on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
North Allegheny added more plaques, medals to trophy case during 2022-23 school year
June 24, 2023
This was another banner year for North Allegheny athletics with teams winning WPIAL titles, PIAA championships, and even a Gatorade Player of the Year award for the school’s top girls volleyball player.

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Central Catholic’s Pete Gonzalez catches a touchdown pass in the back of the end zone, as Seneca Valley’s Brandon Page defends during their game on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Jackson.
Central Catholic wide receiver Peter Gonzalez commits to Penn State
June 23, 2023
Central Catholic wide receiver Peter Gonzalez, one of the state’s top college recruits, committed Friday to Penn State.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Patt McCloskey hugs David Shields while presenting his silver medal after the PIAA Class 6A championship game against Father Judge on Saturday at Penn State.
Mt. Lebanon’s 7th-inning rally falls short in state finals loss to Father Judge
June 17, 2023
UNIVERSITY PARK – The Mt. Lebanon baseball players left the state championship game with silver medals, but the Blue Devils’ coach insisted he’d always remembered this team as golden.

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Keystone Oaks defensive back Clinton Robinson commits to Syracuse
Keystone Oaks defensive back Clinton Robinson, who’ll be a senior in the fall, has committed to Syracuse.

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Shaler senior Derek Leas carries the state championship trophy from the field after defeating Strath Haven in the PIAA Class 5A final on Thursday at Penn State.
Shaler erases 5-run deficit, celebrates PIAA title with walk-off win
June 15, 2023
UNIVERSITY PARK — Starting pitcher Derek Leas lasted only nine batters before his coach pulled him from the mound, but this state championship will be remembered for its improbable comebacks.

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Riverside pitcher Christian Lucarelli celebrates an inning-ending strikeout during the PIAA Class 3A championship game Thursday at Penn State.
Riverside makes history as undefeated PIAA baseball champion
UNIVERSITY PARK — In his 55 years as baseball coach at Riverside, Dan Oliastro has seen quite a bit, but he’d never seen this.

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The Steel Valley football team hoists the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Beaver Falls in the Class 2A final Nov. 25, 2022 at Acrisure Stadium.
WPIAL awards streaming rights to NFHS Network; future of free viewing of championships in doubt
June 14, 2023
High school sports fans likely will have to pay to watch WPIAL football and basketball championships after the league awarded video streaming rights for its playoffs to the NFHS Network.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Tanner Donati talks with head coach Patt McCloskey after his RBI triple against Cedar Cliff during their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, at Mt. Aloysius.
Mt. Lebanon celebrates Senior Week with win over Cedar Cliff, trip to state finals
June 13, 2023
Many of Tanner Donati’s classmates traveled to Ocean City, Md., to celebrate their recent high school graduation with a week of sand and sun.

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Shaler pitcher Miguel Hugas scores against Penn-Trafford during their PIAA Class 5A state quarterfinal on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at Gateway.
PIAA postpones Mt. Lebanon, Shaler baseball state semifinals to Tuesday
June 11, 2023
WPIAL champions Mt. Lebanon and Shaler were among the baseball teams who had their PIAA semifinals postponed due to rainy weather Monday.

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North Allegheny grad Ray Brinzer was inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame in the Class of 2023.
North Allegheny’s Ray Brinzer takes place among other WPIAL all-time greats
June 10, 2023
Thinking back to his 109-match winning streak in high school, former North Allegheny wrestler Ray Brinzer admits he was a little surprised.

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Shaler pitcher Miguel Hugas delivers against Penn-Trafford during their PIAA Class 5A state quarterfinal on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at Gateway.
Shaler ace Miguel Hugas comes through in PIAA quarterfinal win over Penn-Trafford
June 8, 2023
The original plan for Shaler ace Miguel Hugas wasn’t to pitch him in the state quarterfinals, but Penn-Trafford ran into the talented Alabama recruit here anyway.

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Pine-Richland offensive lineman Ryan Cory celebrates as the clock ticks down during the Rams’ victory over Cathedral Prep in the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.
Wisconsin lands another WPIAL recruit as Pine-Richland lineman Ryan Cory commits
June 6, 2023
Six hundred miles separate the University of Wisconsin from Western Pennsylvania, but the Badgers’ football coaches keep attracting WPIAL recruits to Madison.

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Mt. Lebanon pitcher Matt Delvaux celebrates with Tyler Smith after defeating Manheim Township in their PIAA Class 6A first round playoff game on Monday, June 5, 2023, at Boyce Mayview Park.
Mt. Lebanon capitalizes on 4-error inning by Manheim Township in PIAA playoff win
June 5, 2023
Eight miles was how far Mt. Lebanon traveled to reach Boyce Mayview Park, the site of Monday’s state playoff game.

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Tom Pipkins (right) greets Jonathan Hayes before the 2023 WPIAL Hall of Fame banquet Friday at the DoubleTree in Green Tree.
Former Steeler Jonathan Hayes highlights WPIAL Hall of Fame induction with focus on family
June 2, 2023
NFL veteran Jonathan Hayes is best known for playing tight end and coaching football, but as a student at South Fayette, his parents made sure he was involved in other activities.

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Avonworth players celebrate after defeating Southmoreland in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Thursday, June 1, 2023, at Lilley Field.
PIAA reveals sites, times for 1st round of state softball playoffs
Avonworth and Neshannock repeated as WPIAL softball champions this week, but now they’ll try to win back-to-back state titles as well.

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Riverside pitcher Hunter Garvin (right) celebrates with Christian Lucarelli and teammates after defeating Neshannock in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Wild Things Park.
PIAA announces sites, times for 1st round of state baseball playoffs
The six WPIAL baseball champions will start the state tournament close to home, but nobody will be closer than Riverside.

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Mt. Lebanon pitcher David Shields celebrates after throwing a no-hitter to defeat North Allegheny in the Class 6A championship game on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Wild Things Park.
Mt. Lebanon’s David Shields no-hits North Allegheny in WPIAL Class 6A baseball championship game
May 31, 2023
Mt. Lebanon has a knack for no-hitters in WPIAL championship games.

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Shaler’s Miguel Hugas and Derek Leas carry the WPIAL championship trophy to their fans after defeating Bethel Park in the Class 5A final on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Wild Things Park.
Venezuelan star leads Shaler to dominant win over Bethel Park in WPIAL Class 5A finals
May 30, 2023
Miguel Hugas sparked a championship celebration in Shaler Township, but the star senior was sure he’d hear from some happy baseball fans in Venezuela too.

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McKeesport quarterback Jahmil Perryman works out before the 2023 season.
McKeesport’s Jahmil Perryman scores twice as Pennsylvania wins Big 33 Football Classic
May 29, 2023
McKeesport’s Jahmil Perryman scored twice, and Team Pennsylvania rallied with a late touchdown to win the Big 33 Football Classic, 31-27, over the Maryland all-stars Sunday in Harrisburg.

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Riverview’s Amberson Bauer wins the boys 800 meters during the PIAA Class 2A track and field championships Saturday at Shippensburg University.
Riverview’s Amberson Bauer runs away with 800 title at PIAA championships
May 27, 2023
Amberson Bauer prepares for track meets with some visualization, running each stage of a race through his head with mental reps.

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Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo wins the girls 3200 during the PIAA class 2A Track & Field Championships May 26, 2023, at Shippensburg. University.
Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo extends family’s winning streak to 5 at PIAA championships
The PIAA had a special guest award Brownsville senior Jolena Quarzo her final state championship gold medal — her older sister Gionna.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Logan St. John Kletter wins the girls 3200 meters in the PIAA 3A track and field championships Saturday at Shippensburg University.
Mt. Lebanon’s Logan St. John Kletter breaks PIAA championship record in 3,200 meters
SHIPPENSBURG — At this time last year, Logan St. John Kletter was suffering from a nerve condition in her foot and wondering when she’d run competitively again.

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New Castle’s Kaevon Gardner, the WPIAL 3A champion in the 100 meters, injured his hip in a preliminary heat Friday at the PIAA championships. Gardner was seeded second in the event.
PIAA notebook: Injury knocks highly seeded WPIAL champion out of 100 meters
SHIPPENSBURG — An injury cut short New Castle sprinter Kaevon Gardner’s debut at the state track championships Friday, forcing one of the top athletes in the 100-meter dash to make an early exit.

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Freeport’s Reese Skiba takes fifth in the discus during the PIAA Class 2A track and field championships Friday.
Freeport senior shakes off rough start, claims PIAA discus medal
May 26, 2023
SHIPPENSBURG — After her first couple of discus throws produced a foul and a 104-footer, Reese Skiba’s state championship was off to a lackluster start.

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Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo defends her 1,600-meter run title from last year going away in the PIAA Class 2A track and field championships May 26, 2023, at Shippensburg University.
Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo defends 1,600-meter title at PIAA track championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo decided to skip more races than usual in her senior year, but this wasn’t a case of senioritis.

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Seneca Valley’s Jonathan Price wins the boys 100-meter hurdles ahead of North Allegheny’s Owen Curran and Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Cramer during the WPIAL 3A Team Championships Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at West Mifflin High School. North Allegheny won the WPIAL team championship.
Coaches wish PIAA team track title could be decided in playoff format like WPIAL
May 25, 2023
It takes a team effort to win a WPIAL team track title, but that’s not necessarily true for winning a state title.

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Upper St. Clair’s Dani Prunzik wins the girls 100 meters ahead of teammate Sadie Tomczyk and Canon-McMillan’s Bennett Pidro at the Baldwin Invitational on May 5, 2023 at Baldwin High School.
‘Tremendous issue’ with foot hasn’t slowed Upper St. Clair sprinter Dani Prunzik entering states
Nobody who saw Dani Prunzik sprint across the finish line at the WPIAL track championships could’ve guessed the Upper St. Clair senior has battled a painful foot injury for almost a year.

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Hampton athletic director Bill Cardone, center, is recognized for his Region 4 Athletic Director of the Year award, by Pam Lamagna, left, and District Superintendent Dr. Michael Loughead in 2018.
Longtime Hampton athletic director Bill Cardone to retire
May 24, 2023
Longtime Hampton athletic director Bill Cardone won’t be making as many trips to Mars or Moon, but soon he’ll have plenty of free time to travel the world.

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Plum’s Colin Watson celebrates with Dominic Beyer after Beyer scored their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against South Fayette on Monday, May 22, 2023, at Gateway.
Plum reliever shuts door on South Fayette in Class 5A quarterfinals
May 22, 2023
Plum relief pitcher Colin Watson isn’t so worried about how things start but rather how they finish.

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Peters Township’s Brendan McCullough makes key interception in East-West all-star win
Peters Township defensive back Brendan McCullough made a late-game interception Sunday that secured a 24-16 victory for his West team in the PSFCA East-West Big School Game in Harrisburg.

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North Allegheny’s Alaina Fantaski won the javelin at the WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships May 17.
From snowboarding to javelin, North Allegheny’s Alaina Fantaski is a determined champion
May 20, 2023
North Allegheny senior Alaina Fantaski was a nationally ranked snowboarder in junior high, who also tried fencing and more traditional activities like basketball.

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Canon-McMillan’s Rose Kuchera wins the girls 100-meter hurdles at the WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships Wednesday at Slippery Rock.
Canon-McMillan’s Rose Kuchera wins 4 gold medals while crisscrossing WPIAL track championships
May 17, 2023
Canon-McMillan’s Rose Kuchera was relaxing in the team’s tent when a teammate asked if she was running the 100-meter hurdles.

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Canon-MacMillan’s Rose Kuchera wins the girls long jump May 5 at the Baldwin Invitational.
5 things to watch at WPIAL track and field championships
The WPIAL might be known best for its football hall of famers, but don’t overlook the league’s track and field pedigree.

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Penn Hills’ Daemar Kelly wins the boys high jump at the Baldwin Invitational on May 5.
Known for high-flying dunks, Penn Hills’ Daemar Kelly now leaping over high jump bars
May 16, 2023
Anyone who saw Daemar Kelly finish an alley-oop this winter knows the Penn Hills senior can almost fly. In a gym, on a wood floor, with a basketball in his hands, few around the WPIAL jump higher than him.

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Oakland Catholic’s London Creach shoots the winning free throw in overtime against McKeesport during their PIAA Class 5A state quarterfinal on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Peters Twp.
NFHS eliminates 1-and-1 foul shots from high school basketball rulebook
May 15, 2023
The pressure of shooting a one-and-one is likely to vanish from high school basketball.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele scores past Constitution’s Jamal Carr during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Former OLSH basketball star Jake DiMichele commits to Duquesne
May 12, 2023
Former Our Lady of the Sacred Heart basketball star Jake DiMichele, who graduated a year ago as one of WPIAL’s all-time leading scorers, committed Friday to Duquesne.

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Central Catholic linebacker Cole Sullivan tackles Mt. Lebanon’s Nathan Sala on Nov. 11, 2022, at Mt. Lebanon.
Central Catholic linebacker Cole Sullivan commits to Michigan
Central Catholic linebacker Cole Sullivan committed Friday to Michigan, choosing the Wolverines over finalists Duke, Notre Dame, Stanford and Wisconsin.

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Shaler’s Miguel Hugas
Breaking down the 2023 WPIAL baseball playoffs
Class 6A

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Pine-Richland’s Anthony Mengine (14) is greeted by teammates after scoring against Seneca Valley on Thursday, April 20, 2023, in Pine.
WPIAL releases brackets for 2023 baseball playoffs
Who’s No. 1?

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Armstrong’s Emma Paul is greeted by teammates at home plate after hitting a two-run homer against Latrobe on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, in Kittanning.
WPIAL announces pairings for 2023 softball playoffs
May 11, 2023
Last year’s winners are back for more.

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The Serra Catholic baseball team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Neshannock, 8-2, in the Class 2A final on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Wild Things Park.
WPIAL adds Pittsburgh Pirates as sponsor for baseball, softball championships
The WPIAL baseball and softball finals will include racing pierogies, T-shirt tosses and a famous green parrot now that the Pittsburgh Pirates have become a presenting sponsor of the high school championship games.

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Mars’ Enzo Grieco celebrates one of his goals with Jack Dunham during their game against Shaler on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at Shaler.
WPIAL awards Mars, Peters Township top seeds in boys lacrosse playoffs
Defending WPIAL and state champion Mars will begin its title defense as a No. 1 seed in the WPIAL boys lacrosse playoffs.

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Former Mt. Lebanon and West Allegheny football coach Bob Palko will be inducted into the PSFCA Hall of Fame on May 28.
Bob Palko among 5 football coaches chosen for PSFCA Hall of Fame
Bob Palko, who won a record nine WPIAL football titles at West Allegheny and Mt. Lebanon, will be inducted this month into the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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Pine-Richland, Mars draw top seeds in WPIAL girls lacrosse playoffs
Pine-Richland and Mars received the top seeds when the WPIAL announced brackets for the girls lacrosse playoffs Thursday.

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North Allegheny’s Wren Kucler wins the girls 1,600 meters, leading the one, two, three sweep with sister Robin and Eva Kynaston during the WPIAL Class 3A team track championships Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at West Mifflin High School.
North Allegheny girls, boys sweep WPIAL Class 3A track and field team titles
May 9, 2023
North Allegheny track coach John Neff said he had trouble deciding which three girls should run the 3,200 meters Tuesday, mainly because the Tigers had too many good options.

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Ian Wong and his Plum teammates jumped into the WPIAL baseball rankings this week, landing at No. 4.
WPIAL Baseball rankings: Week ending May 7, 2023
May 6, 2023
Class 6A

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Hempfield softball players gather in between innings Wednesday at Robert D. Kalp Field.
WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending May 7, 2023
Class 6A

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Moon’s Jacob Puhalla comes from behind on the last lap to win the boys McKinney Mile at the Baldwin Invitational on Friday.
Moon’s Jacob Puhalla defends McKinney Mile title in Baldwin Invite’s marquee race
Once Jacob Puhalla wins a track title, the Moon runner likes to win it again.

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Hempfield’s Elizabeth Tapper won the girls discus and shot put at the Baldwin Invitational on Friday.
Many WPIAL athletes at Baldwin Invitational embrace challenge of back-to-back meets
Liz Tapper is one of the state’s top throwers, but the Hempfield senior faced a challenge Friday that was new to her and many others at the Baldwin Invitational.

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Steel Valley’s Makhai Valentine dunks over Deer Lakes’ Bryce Robson during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, at Bethel Park.
2023 all-state boys basketball team includes 29 WPIAL players
May 3, 2023
Aquinas Academy’s Vinnie Cugini and Steel Valley’s Makhai Valentine earned all-state player of the year honors Wednesday as two of the most prolific scorers in WPIAL boys basketball.

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WPIAL team track, boys tennis events postponed Tuesday because of rain
May 2, 2023
Tuesday’s cold, wet weather led the WPIAL to postpone tennis and team track and field events until later in the week.

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Central Catholic linebacker Cole Sullivan dives for a fumble against North Allegheny on Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin.
Central Catholic linebacker Cole Sullivan narrows college options to ‘Top 5’
April 30, 2023
Central Catholic already has one junior linebacker committed to a Power 5 school but soon will have another.

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North Hills starting pitcher Alexa Edmunds throws against Penn Hills Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at Linton Middle School.
WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending April 30, 2023
April 29, 2023
Class 6A

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Shaler’s Brady McGuire celebrates with Colby McGuire during their game against North Hills on April 25, 2023, in Ross.
WPIAL baseball rankings: Week ending April 30, 2023
Class 6A

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North Allegheny head coach Art Walker celebrates with his team as they beat Central Catholic in the WPIAL 6A Championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2022 at Norwin High School.
North Allegheny hosting Western Pa. Football Recruiting Day to connect with college coaches
There are dozens of small-college football coaches who recruit Western Pennsylvania, but sometimes a talented WPIAL player can go overlooked in the process.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham dunks against Mechanicsburg during their PIAA Class 5A first round state playoff game on Friday, March 10, 2023, in Ross.
North Hills’ Royce Parham commits to Marquette
April 26, 2023
North Hills junior Royce Parham, one of the WPIAL’s top college basketball recruits, committed Wednesday to Marquette.

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North Allegheny head coach Dan DeRose talks with an official during a game against Butler on Feb. 22, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Former North Allegheny basketball coach Dan DeRose files lawsuit against Fox Chapel School District after ’21 altercation
Dan DeRose wants to coach high school basketball again, but the former WPIAL champion said school districts have shied away because of criminal charges he faced two years ago involving Fox Chapel school police.

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South Fayette’s Maddie Webber scores against Archbishop Wood during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
South Fayette’s Maddie Webber, Union coach Rob Nogay lead all-state girls basketball team
April 24, 2023
South Fayette senior Maddie Webber, a Villanova recruit who led the Lions to a WPIAL title and a PIAA runner-up finish this winter, was named the state’s Class 5A girls basketball player of the year by all-state voters.

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Deer Lakes’ Delanie Kaiser drives in a run with a base hit against Freeport on Friday.
WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending April 23, 2023
April 22, 2023
Class 6A

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Greensburg Salem baseball coach Anthony Manley (right) talks to his team after Thursday’s 7-3 win over McGuffey in Greensburg.
WPIAL Baseball rankings: Week ending April 23, 2023
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Khiryn Boyd wins the 100-meter dash past Greensburg Salem’s Cody Rubrecht (right) and Mt. Pleasant’s Jackson Hutter during the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational Friday, April 14, 2023, at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
North Allegheny sprinter Khiryn Boyd showing off his speed among WPIAL’s best
After not running track for a year, North Allegheny sprinter Khiryn Boyd was curious about the times being run this spring and how his compared with his competitors.

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The Seneca Valley boys soccer team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Lower Merion in the PIAA Class 4A final on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
PIAA adds 500 officials, but shortage remains ‘major issue’ for many sports
April 19, 2023
Statewide efforts to recruit and retain high school game officials are seeing some positive results, said a PIAA administrator who oversees the men and women in stripes.

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Freeport’s Cassidy Dell sets up a score against York Catholic during the PIAA Class 2A state championship match on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
WPIAL announces 20 winners of James Collins Scholar-Athlete Award
The WPIAL saw an increased number of applicants for the James Collins Scholar-Athlete Award this year, and Wednesday announced 20 winners from the 162 nominees.

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Franklin Regional’s Luke Williams scores past Gateway pitcher Taili Thompson during their game April 4.
WPIAL Baseball rankings: Week ending April 16, 2023
April 15, 2023
Class 6A

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Hempfield’s Allison Cervola is welcomed at home plate by teamates after hitting a home run against Mt. Lebanon on March 29. The Spartans moved into the top spot in Class 6A in the Trib rankings.
Trib HSSN WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending April 16, 2023
Class 6A

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Mars girls basketball coach Dana Petruska talks with her team during a game on Dec. 15, 2022, at Kiski Area.
500-game winner Dana Petruska retires as Mars basketball coach, cites ‘some parent situations’
Mars girls basketball coach Dana Petruska is retiring after 37 years and more than 500 wins, in part because there were too many wannabe coaches in the stands.

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North Allegheny’s Robin Kucler (left) helped the Tigers win the 2022 WPIAL team title Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Deep North Allegheny girls track and field team takes aim at defending WPIAL title
Recent history says the North Allegheny girls have a good chance to repeat as WPIAL team track champions later this spring. Consider, in the past 30 years, no Class 3A girls champion has won the title only once.

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South Park promotes longtime assistant to football coach
April 14, 2023
South Park’s new football coach is already very familiar with the program.

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The Moon girls soccer team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Upper Perkiomen in the PIAA Class 3A final on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
Moon finds replacement for retiring athletic director Ron Ledbetter
Moon has hired a new athletic director to replace Ron Ledbetter, who is retiring this summer after a 33-year career as an educator. The school on Thursday announced the hire of current Beaver athletic director Alan Alcalde.

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Butler’s Braylon Littlejohn looks for room to shoot during a February playoff game at Mt. Lebanon.
Butler basketball standout Braylon Littlejohn commits to Miami (Ohio) — for football
April 12, 2023
When Butler’s Braylon Littlejohn committed to Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday, folks weren’t asking him about his choice of schools, but rather his choice of sports.

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Armstrong’s Jessie Pugh connects on a double against Latrobe on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, in Kittanning.
WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending April 9, 2023
April 8, 2023
Class 6A

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Franklin Regional’s Cole Brinker rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Gateway on Tuesday.
WPIAL baseball rankings: Week ending April 9, 2023
Class 6A

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North Allegheny starting pitcher Anne Melle throws against Seneca Valley in the WPIAL 6A softball championship June 1, 2002 at California University.
Behind family atmosphere, North Allegheny softball team aims to return to WPIAL final
The North Allegheny softball players were individually asked by their coaches to pick one word to describe the program. It wasn’t a serious task, just a light-hearted word-association game.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin celebrates after scoring the winning touchdown against Neumann Goretti during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Belle Vernon star Quinton Martin picks Penn State
April 7, 2023
Penn State landed its first WPIAL running back recruit since Miles Sanders when Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin committed to the Nittany Lions.

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Penn Hills’ Daemar Kelly dunks against Peters Twp. during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at Petersen Events Center.
2023 TribLive HSSN Boys Basketball All-Stars
April 6, 2023
Scoring 1,000 points in a high school career remains an impressive feat in WPIAL basketball, but remarkably, the league saw its first 3,000-point scorer this winter.

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Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas celebrates after defeating Neumann Goretti in the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas named 2023 TribLive HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Year
2023 Boys Basketball Player of the Year

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North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson drives past Upper St. Clair’s Olivia Terlecki during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Friday, March 3, 2023, at Petersen Events Center.
2023 TribLive HSSN Girls Basketball All-Stars
April 5, 2023
South Fayette won a second consecutive WPIAL girls basketball title this winter, North Allegheny won its third in four years and North Catholic won its sixth since 2017. Those powerhouse teams and more are represented here in the TribLive HSSN girls basketball all-stars for 2023.

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Blackhawk head coach Steve Lodovico watches his captains receive the state runner-up trophy after the PIAA Class 4A championship game against Lansdale Catholic on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Blackhawk basketball coach Steve Lodovico took job ‘for a year,’ resigns 18 seasons later after building WPIAL powerhouse
April 3, 2023
Eighteen years ago, Steve Lodovico applied to be Blackhawk’s boys basketball coach, hoping to replace his legendary mentor John Miller, who was retiring.

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Hempfield pitcher Riley Miller delivers against Mt. Lebanon on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at Hempfield. The Spartans held at No. 3 in Class 6A in the Trib HSSN rankings.
Trib HSSN WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending April 2, 2023
April 1, 2023
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Spencer Barnett tags out Norwin’s Keegan Carr at second base Thursday.
WPIAL baseball rankings: Week ending April 2, 2023
Class 6A

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Deer Lakes’ Bryce Robson exits the game next to head coach Albie Fletcher during the PIAA Class 3A state final against West Catholic on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
‘Nobody has a perfect system:’ PIAA, critics remain at odds over public-private school debate
The Philadelphia Catholic League opponent Deer Lakes faced in the state basketball finals played tremendous defense, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone, the Lancers’ coach said.

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North Allegheny’s Varun Kaveti scores during a match against Butler on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
North Allegheny boys volleyball embarks on season of change
The senior-heavy lineup that won a state championship has graduated. The head coach who led the program for two decades has retired. Yes, this is a season of change for the North Allegheny boys volleyball team.

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Deer Lakes’ Bryce Robson drives scores past West Catholic’s Micah Waters during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Despite strong start, Deer Lakes comes up short to West Catholic in PIAA Class 3A final
March 25, 2023
HERSHEY — “Let’s go Lancers.”

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Aliquippa’s D.J. Walker drives into Lancaster Mennonite’s David Shell during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on Friday, March 24, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Aliquippa again finishes as PIAA runner-up after loss to Lancaster Mennonite
March 24, 2023
HERSHEY — Trips to the so-called “Sweetest Place on Earth” have become bittersweet for Aliquippa.

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Lincoln Park’s Dontay Green soaks head coach Mike Bariski with the water cooler after defeating Neumann Goretti in the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Lincoln Park beats perennial PIAA power Neumann-Goretti in state finals classic
March 23, 2023
HERSHEY — With 11 seconds on the clock, Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas knew it was time to “boogie.”

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Imani Christian’s Alier Maluk carries the state championship trophy from the court after defeating Berlin Brothersvalley in the PIAA Class A final on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
With tiny enrollment but tons of talent, Imani Christian claims PIAA Class A basketball crown
HERSHEY — One of the smallest high schools in the state won the biggest basketball trophy in Pennsylvania, yet few will call this an underdog story.

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Deer Lakes’ Billy Schaeffer celebrates after defeating Penn Cambria in their PIAA Class 3A state semifinal on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at Hempfield.
Deer Lakes makes more history with berth in 1st PIAA final
March 21, 2023
Neither team had ever reached the state finals, so the Deer Lakes and Penn Cambria boys basketball teams knew history would be made one way or the other Tuesday night.

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OLSH girls basketball coach Don Eckerle watches from the bench during the 2022 WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Neshannock at Petersen Events Center.
OLSH basketball coach Don Eckerle ‘good to go’ after collapsing at PIAA semifinal game
On a hectic game day, with all of the preparation that needs to be done, coaches can neglect themselves at times, said longtime basketball coach Don Eckerle.

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Imani Christian’s Alier Maluk dunks on Union’s Braylon Thomas during their PIAA Class A state semifinal on Monday, March 20, 2023, at North Allegheny.
Imani Christian dominates rematch with Union, earns 1st trip to PIAA basketball finals
March 20, 2023
The words of an opposing coach and heated talk about public vs. private wasn’t what ultimately motivated Imani Christian for Monday night’s playoff win.

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Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey battles Bishop Canevin’s Jason Cross for a rebound during their PIAA Class 2A state quarterfinal on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Peters Twp.
Strong 3rd quarter leads Aliquippa past Bishop Canevin in ‘testy’ PIAA quarterfinal
March 18, 2023
The atmosphere around the Aliquippa vs. Bishop Canevin state quarterfinal was tense, to say the least.

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North Allegheny pitcher Spencer Barnett delivers against Pine-Richland on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in McCandless.
After early playoff exit, North Allegheny aims to ‘get that fire back’
The gaggle of professional baseball scouts is gone, but that doesn’t mean there’s a quiet atmosphere nowadays at North Allegheny practices.

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Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas (5) celebrates with Dontay Green after Green scored against Laurel Highlands during their PIAA Class 4A state quarterfinal on Friday, March 17, 2023, at Norwin.
‘Other three’ key as Lincoln Park holds off Laurel Highlands in PIAA quarterfinals
March 17, 2023
Lincoln Park’s Dontay Green left the locker room without a shoe on his right foot, the troublesome one that needed screws and plates to fix a lisfranc fracture several months ago.

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McKeesport’s Madison Hertzler tries to drive past Oakland Catholic’s Rachel Haver in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023.
PIAA announces sites, times for Saturday state basketball quarterfinals
March 16, 2023
Peters Township will host an all-WPIAL doubleheader Saturday in the quarterfinals of the state basketball tournament.

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Central Catholic’s Dante DePante drives against State College’s Braeden Shrewsberry during their PIAA Class 6A second round state playoff on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Central Cambria High School.
Central Catholic’s PIAA bracket busted by son of Penn State basketball coach
March 15, 2023
EBENSBURG — State College’s Braeden Shrewsberry didn’t accompany his father to the NCAA tournament, but the son of Penn State’s basketball coach created his own moments of March Madness.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher scores against Hampton during their PIAA Class 4A second round state playoff on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at Norwin.
Despite defensive shadow, Rodney Gallagher leads Laurel Highlands into PIAA quarterfinals
March 14, 2023
Laurel Highlands coach Rick Hauger’s practices can include some junk defenses, maybe a diamond-and-one or triangle-and-two, but the Mustangs don’t use them in games.

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Butler’s Drew Griffith crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL Class 3A boys cross country championship race on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, at Cal.
Butler’s Drew Griffith leads 2023 PTFCA all-state honors as indoor track athlete of the year
Butler junior Drew Griffith, one of the state’s top distance runners, was named the boys indoor track athlete of the year by the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association.

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The Butler football team is 11-16 in three District 10 seasons under coach Eric Christy.
Butler rejoining WPIAL football in 2024, ends dispute with PIAA
March 13, 2023
The Butler football team will rejoin the WPIAL in 2024, ending a legal dispute between the school district and PIAA over the team’s desire to stay in District 10.

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Deer Lakes’ Bryce Robson scores past Seneca’s Evan Shouey during their PIAA Class 3A first-round game Saturday at Deer Lakes.
Deer Lakes boys open state playoffs with dominant win on home floor
March 11, 2023
The stairs that lead from the Deer Lakes locker room to the gym floor are quite steep, but the Lancers were confident they wouldn’t stumble on this day.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham and Eric James walk from the court as Mechanicsburg celebrates after their PIAA Class 5A first round state playoff game on Friday, March 10, 2023, in Ross.
‘Bad night’ eliminates North Hills in 1st round of PIAA playoffs
March 10, 2023
North Hills spent the past 10 days putting up shots in its own gym, making Friday’s shooting woes hard to explain.

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Union coach Mark Stanley talks with his team before the WPIAL Class A championship game against Imani Christian on Thursday at Petersen Events Center.
Union H.S. basketball coach reignites public vs. private debate with postgame comments
March 7, 2023
Union basketball coach Mark Stanley said he wasn’t trying to spark a firestorm with his critical comments at the WPIAL finals but instead shared out loud thoughts other public school coaches keep to themselves.

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Central Catholic’s Dante Depante hoists the WPIAL championship trophy with his Vikings teammates afterr defeating New Castle in the Class 6A final on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at Petersen Events Center.
Behind big night from Dante DePante, Central Catholic stops New Castle to win 2nd WPIAL title
March 4, 2023
Central Catholic hadn’t won a WPIAL title in 15 years, but Dante DePante made himself at home in Petersen Events Center, an arena that’s about a mile from the Vikings’ gym.

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The Lincoln Park boys basketball team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating North Catholic in the Class 4A final on Friday, March 3, 2023, at Petersen Events Center.
In the end, Lincoln Park too much for North Catholic in Class 4A WPIAL title game
March 3, 2023
Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings and Meleek Thomas hear praise from many places, but on this championship night, the best accolades came from the coach of the other team.

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The Deer Lakes boys basketball team celebrates as time expires in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against OLSH on Friday, March 3, 2023, at Petersen Events Center.
Deer Lakes dethrones OLSH to win 1st WPIAL basketball championship
The Deer Lakes boys made basketball history twice this winter, and each time they snapped an Our Lady of the Sacred Heart streak.

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The Penn Hills basketball team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Peters Twp. in the Class 5A final on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at Petersen Events Center.
Penn Hills second to none in WPIAL finals victory over Peters Township
March 2, 2023
Penn Hills is underrated no more.

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The Imani Christian basketball team celebrates after winning the WPIAL Class A championship game against Union on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at Petersen Events Center.
Imani Christian surges past Union to win 1st WPIAL title, reigniting public-private debate
Playing against Imani Christian is always a tall task, but as 6-foot-11 sophomore Alier Maluk swung from a Petersen Events Center rim Thursday night, the gigantic challenge became clear.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings leaps over South Allegheny’s Dashawn Carter during WPIAL 4A boys quarterfinal action Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023, at Moon Area High School.
2023 WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball championship breakdown: Lincoln Park vs. North Catholic
WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball final

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Deer Lakes’ Bryce Robson celebrates after a late 3-pointer that defeated Steel Valley in their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, at Bethel Park.
2023 WPIAL Class 3A boys basketball championship breakdown: Deer Lakes vs. OLSH
WPIAL Class 3A boys basketball final

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Peters Twp.’s Cam Mills brings the ball upcourt against Bethel Park on Jan. 17, 2023, at Bethel Park High School.
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WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball final

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Union’s Matthew Stanley drives to the basket against Bishop Canevin during the 2022 WPIAL Class A championship at Petersen Events Center.
2023 WPIAL Class A boys basketball championship breakdown: Imani Christian vs. Union
March 1, 2023
WPIAL Class A boys basketball final

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New Castle’s Da’Jaun Young celebrates with Isaiah Boice and Nick Wallace after defeating Mt. Lebanon in their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, at North Allegheny.
Hot-shooting New Castle tops Mt. Lebanon, returns to WPIAL finals for 6th time in 7 years
February 28, 2023
The first quarter was too low-scoring for Isaiah Boice’s comfort, so the New Castle senior got to work.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Butler celebrates with Aiden Fletcher (left) after defeating Steel Valley on Monday.
Deer Lakes hits 3-pointer in closing seconds, upsets No. 1 seed Steel Valley
February 27, 2023
The Deer Lakes boys are headed to the WPIAL finals for the first time in school history, and they’ll do so with a first-year coach leading the celebration. But before they could scream and shout Monday night, everyone in green and gold held their breath.

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Beaver cheerleaders lead the Bobcats onto Pat Tarquinio Field before a 2021 game.
Longtime Beaver football coach, WPIAL Hall of Famer Pat Tarquinio dies
Longtime Beaver football coach Pat Tarquinio, who was one of the winningest coaches in WPIAL history, has died. Beaver athletic director Alan Alcalde announced his death Monday.

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Penn Hills’ Julian Dugger (2) celebrates after drawing a foul during the second half of a 67-51 victory over North Hills in the WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball semifinal game Feb. 25, 2023, at Peters Township.
Penn Hills baffles North Hills with 3-pointers, alley-oops in WPIAL semifinal win
February 25, 2023
Penn Hills teammates Daemar Kelly and Julian Dugger have perfected their high-flying alley-oop this winter, mastering a play that shows their rare athleticism.

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North Allegheny’s Lexi Sundgren competes in the girls 200 freestyle during last year’s WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Behind veteran standouts, talented freshmen, North Allegheny girls eye another WPIAL swimming title
North Allegheny’s Corky Semler has coached high school swimming for almost 40 years, so when he says this year’s freshman class is among his best, that’s worth noting.

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Former Elizabeth Forward coach Mike Collodi was announced Thursday as Mt. Lebanon’s coach.
Football coach Mike Collodi leaves Elizabeth Forward for Mt. Lebanon
February 24, 2023
A football player’s body language and how he carries himself are important to Mike Collodi, who was thrilled with the reception he received Thursday as Mt. Lebanon’s new coach.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Riley Farabaugh shoots a pull-up jump shot over Butler’s Mac Schnur during the first half of the Blue Devils’ victory over Butler in the WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball quarterfinals Friday, Feb. 24, 2023, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon holds off Butler, reaches WPIAL semifinals for 5th time in 6 years
Three times in the fourth quarter, Mt. Lebanon’s Riley Farabaugh was sent to the foul line for a crucial one-and-one.

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Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas fights for a loose ball with South Allegheny’s Camden Lewis during WPIAL 4A boys quarterfinal action Thursday, Feb.23, 2023 at Moon Area High School.
No. 1 Lincoln Park survives WPIAL quarterfinal test from South Allegheny
February 23, 2023
Lincoln Park was held 25 points below its season average and didn’t make a 3-pointer all game, yet the WPIAL favorite in Class 4A is still alive.

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PIAA cracks down on ‘redshirt’ years taken by junior high athletes
February 22, 2023
The PIAA is cracking down on junior high athletes who take unofficial redshirt years.

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Deer Lakes’ Bryce Robson (5) denies a pass attempt from Shady Side’s Eli Teslovich (3) during the fourth quarter of the team’s loss to Shady Side Academy on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, at Shady Side Academy.
WPIAL reveals new consolation brackets for basketball, includes 3rd-place games
February 21, 2023
The last time WPIAL basketball had a consolation bracket, the league used a combination of play-in games and follow-the-winner tiebreakers to qualify teams for the 2016 state tournament.

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Steel Valley interim boys basketball coach Lauren Varacalli talks to her team during a WPIAL Class 3A first-round victory over McGuffey on Monday.
Amid coaching controversy, Steel Valley opens playoffs with win over McGuffey
Whenever Steel Valley’s Makhai Valentine glanced into the stands Monday night, he wasn’t looking for friends or family. That’s where his suspended head coach was sitting, five rows behind the team’s bench.

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South Park head coach Marty Rieck talks with his team after practice on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in South Park.
South Park football coach Marty Rieck resigns after 8 seasons
February 20, 2023
South Park football coach Marty Rieck, who won state titles with the Eagles as both a player and assistant coach, has resigned after eight seasons leading the program.

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Wrestlers from 26 schools took part in the Western Pa. girls wrestling championships Feb. 19, 2023, at North Allegheny High School.
Nationally ranked wrestlers among winners at Western Pa. Girls Championship
Three nationally ranked wrestlers were among the 13 champions crowned Sunday at the Western Pa. Girls Championship, an event that more than doubled in size since last winter.

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Palmieri eludes Imhotep Charter’s Zahir Mathis during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
22 WPIAL football players picked for Big School East-West all-star game
February 18, 2023
Pine-Richland teammates Ryan Palmieri, Jake Beam, John Rottinghaus and Matt Nicely, who won a state title together in December, were among 22 WPIAL football players chosen for the Big School East-West all-star game.

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Norwin’s Bailey Snowberger fights for a loose ball with North Allegheny’s Kellie McConnell Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023 at North Allegheny High School.
North Allegheny girls regroup during long layoff before WPIAL Class 6A playoffs commence
WPIAL schedule-makers gave the North Allegheny girls almost two weeks off before the basketball playoffs, but the Tigers didn’t take a vacation.

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Steel Valley’s Greg Smith c elebrates his sack during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Beaver Falls on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
Small School East-West all-star game roster includes 16 from WPIAL, City League
Pitt recruit Braylan Lovelace of Leechburg and future Miami (Ohio) lineman Greg Smith of Steel Valley were among 16 WPIAL and City League players selected for the Small School East-West all-star game this year.

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Gateway’s Kaleb Pryor celebrates after scoring and being fouled against Woodland Hills during WPIAL boys Class 5A first-round action Friday, Feb. 17, 2023 at Gateway High School.
Experienced backcourt leads No. 4 Gateway past Woodland Hills in WPIAL playoff opener
A backcourt led by experienced guards is a time-tested formula that works in March Madness, but it also wins games here in the WPIAL playoffs.

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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen throws a pass against Mars on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at Armstrong High School.
13 WPIAL, City League players chosen for 2023 Big 33 Football Classic
February 17, 2023
Thirteen players from the WPIAL and City League were selected to compete in this year’s Big 33 Football Classic.

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South Fayette’s Elijah Hill grabs a rebound over Bethel Park’s Layton Cameron (left) and Benjamin Guffey during the Hoops for a Cure Tournament Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL brings back play-in games to determine state basketball playoff qualifiers
February 14, 2023
No more sitting and waiting.

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Hampton’s Peter Kramer celebrates in front of the Highlands bench after hitting a 3-pointer during their game on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at Highlands High School.
Choosing Hampton’s seed becomes tricky decision with leading scorer ineligible
The chairman of the WPIAL basketball committee largely avoided one of Monday’s most-interesting debates, since it was a topic close to his heart.

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New Castle’s Isaiah Boice shoots a 3-pointer against Laurel Highlands during a 2021 WPIAL Class 5A semifinal.
Breaking down the 2023 WPIAL boys basketball playoff brackets
February 13, 2023
A closer look at the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs, which begin Thursday night:

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Peters Twp.’s Jake Ziegler celebrates after scoring against Bethel Park on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at Bethel Park High School.
WPIAL reveals basketball playoff brackets asking: ‘What have you done lately?’
If the season ended three days ago, the Penn Hills boys probably would’ve earned a No. 1 seed in the WPIAL basketball playoffs.

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New Castle’s Jonathan Anderson scores past Butler’s Lance Slater during their game on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at Butler High School.
2023 WPIAL bracketology: HSSN forecasts the boys basketball playoff pairings
February 12, 2023
The Path to the Pete will be revealed Monday when the WPIAL basketball playoff pairings are announced at 3 p.m. on TribLive HSSN.

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Cate Clarke (left) and her Serra Catholic teammates are No. 1 in the Class 2A rankings.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Feb. 12, 2023
February 11, 2023
Class 6A

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Coach Alvis Rogers’ Gateway team entered the Class 5A rankings this week.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Feb. 12, 2023
Class 6A

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Members of the North Allegheny girls wrestling team won the Lady Raiders Invitational on Jan. 29, 2023, at Columbia High School in Cleveland. From left are Kaylee Dean (second, 235), Sophia Folks (second, 130), Leyna Rumpler (second, 155), Callie Rautenbach (first, 145) and Audrey Morrison (second, 140).
North Allegheny set to host 2nd annual Western Pa. girls wrestling championship
About 35 athletes visited North Alle­gheny last winter for the first Western Pa. girls wrestling championship, a number that should more than double this time around.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher celebrates starting off the second overtime with a 3-pointer to put Laurel Highlands up on Uniontown for good Friday, Feb.10, 2023 at Uniontown High School.
Rodney Gallagher scores 29, Laurel Highlands tops rival Uniontown in 2OTs
February 10, 2023
The scouting report on Rodney Gallagher says that if he gets enough late-game chances, he’ll usually make opponents pay.

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Central Catholic’s Debaba Tshiebwe (30) hauls in an offensive rebound during the first half of Central Catholic’s 67-53 loss to New Castle on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, at Central Catholic.
Central Catholic’s Debaba Tshiebwe follows brotherly advice, posts double-double to defeat Butler
February 8, 2023
Advice from an older brother can be valuable, especially when your brother is the top college basketball player in the country.

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Coach Jonna Burke’s Shady Side Academy girls basketball team jumped to No. 1 in the WPIAL Class 3A rankings.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending February 5, 2023
February 4, 2023
Class 6A

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Jon Anderson and his New Castle teammates stayed at No. 1 in the Class 6A rankings after beating No. 2 Central Catholic on Friday.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending February 5, 2023
Class 6A

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New Castle’s DaJuan Young (left) and Damarian Young (right) celebrate after defeating Central Catholic, 67-53, on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, at Central Catholic.
Isaiah Boice’s quick recovery helps No. 1 New Castle defeat No. 2 Central Catholic
Isaiah Boice planned to celebrate New Castle’s section title by drinking lots of chocolate milk, the bone-healing beverage he credits for his quick recovery.

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Imhotep Charter’s Justin Edwards drives past New Castle’s Cahmari Perkins during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game last year.
State rep proposes legislation that would allow PIAA to crown separate public, private champs
February 3, 2023
The PIAA has maintained that splitting public and private schools into separate playoffs is prohibited under a state statute from 1972, but new legislation could rewrite that law.

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Baldwin lineman Victor Iaquinta helps Keith Mincin up from the mat during practice on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Baldwin.
Baldwin hires McKeesport assistant Dana Brown Jr. as football coach
February 1, 2023
Dana Brown Jr. turns 32 on Sunday, but he got an early birthday present Wednesday night.

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Aliquippa’s DJ Walker scores on a 92-yard reception against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
Ohio-bound D.J. Walker, 5 other Aliquippa seniors make college commitments official
A group of Aliquippa football seniors including standout safety/wide receiver Donovan Walker announced their college commitments Wednesday, with Walker choosing Ohio.

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Aquinas Academy’s Vinnie Cugini holds the record-breaking ball after setting the all-time boys WPIAL scoring record against the Neighborhood Academy on Tuesday.
Aquinas Academy’s Vinnie Cugini breaks WPIAL basketball all-time scoring record
January 31, 2023
There’s a new all-time leading scorer in WPIAL basketball history, but the newly crowned record holder had a somewhat subdued celebration.

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Miles Sanders makes a leaping catch for a touchdown in front of Maryland’s Jordan Hill during the Big 33 Football Classic between Pennsylvania and Maryland on June 18, 2016 at Hersheypark Stadium.
Woodland Hills’ Miles Sanders extends Super Bowl streak for Big 33 Football Classic
January 29, 2023
The Big 33 Football Classic’s Super Bowl streak lives on, thanks to a former WPIAL star.

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Jasmine Timmerson (right) and her North Allegheny teammates jumped from fourth to second in the WPIAL Class 6A rankings this week. Kendall Berger (left) and the Norwin girls fell from No. 1 to No. 3.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 29, 2023
January 28, 2023
Class 6A

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Julian Dugger (2) and his Penn Hills teammates retained their spot atop the WPIAL Class 5A Trib rankings.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 29, 2023
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Aiden Buggey (left) celebrates victory over Carlynton’s Braiden Sudor (left) in the 215-pound finals of the Allegheny County wrestling championships Jan. 21 at Fox Chapel High School.
North Allegheny wrestling crowns 2 county champs
North Allegheny’s wrestling team celebrated two individual champions at the Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel, where senior Jayson Flener and junior Aidan Buggey each won their weight class Jan. 20-21.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings heads upcourt after hitting a 3-pointer against Montour last season.
No. 1 Lincoln Park uses ‘organized mayhem’ to defeat North Catholic, strengthen section lead
“Organized mayhem” is the way Lincoln Park’s boys basketball team describes its offense.

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Neshannock head coach Luann Grybowski celebrates after a Lancers’ score during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against OLSH on Friday, March. 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
6 WPIAL coaches earn NFHS Section 2 honors for 2021-22 sports seasons
January 27, 2023
Six WPIAL coaches have earned regional honors from the National Federation of State High School Associations for their work in the 2021-22 school year.

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Westinghouse quarterback Keyshawn Morsillo shakes hands with Steel Valley quarterback Cruce Brookins at midfield after their PIAA Class 2A state semifinal on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
City League QB among 5 finalists for Willie Thrower Award for 1st time
January 24, 2023
Westinghouse quarterback Keyshawn Morsillo, who led the Bulldogs on a historic run to the state football finals, was announced Tuesday as one of five finalists for the Willie Thrower Award.

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Ryan Lehmeier was announced as the new Central Catholic football coach on Jan. 24, 2023.
Central Catholic hires former Seneca Valley, Pine-Richland assistant Ryan Lehmeier as football coach
Central Catholic’s new football coach wasn’t chosen from the school’s alumni list, but that doesn’t mean Ryan Lehmeier isn’t already familiar with the team’s tradition.

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Bethel Park football players take the field before a game during the 2022 season.
Bethel Park hires offensive coordinator Phil Peckich as football coach
Bethel Park promoted offensive coordinator Phil Peckich to head coach Tuesday night, giving the Black Hawks football program some continuity under a coach who’s among the youngest in the WPIAL.

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New Castle’s Jonathan Anderson brings the ball upcourt against Butler on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at Butler High School. New Castle moved into the No. 1 spot in Class 6A.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 22, 2023
January 21, 2023
Class 6A

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio scores past Hempfield’s Mia Shipman during their game on Jan. 9. Norwin held the top spot in Class 6A.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 22, 2023
Class 6A

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WPIAL Hall of Fame Class of 2023 inductee Don Rebel stands for a photo during the hall of fame announcement Wednesday.
WPIAL Hall of Fame inductee Don Rebel reflects on 35 years calling games
A tree in the middle of a grassy field in Sheraden served as the first press box for a 7- or 8-year-old Don Rebel, who climbed the branches and offered play-by-play for his older brother’s Wiffle ball games.

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The WPIAL Hall of Fame Class of 2023 inductees stand for a photo during the hall of fame announcement at the Heinz History Center on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. Seen are (back, from left): Bill Palermo, Don Rebel, Bob Osleger, Greg Meisner, Tom Pipkins and Shawn McCreary from the 1981-82 Monaca boys basketball team, and (first row, from left): coach Suzie McConnell-Serio from the 2000-01 Oakland Catholic girls basketball team, Laura Grimm, Virginia Fronk, Bill Cleary and Larry DeVincentis from the 1981-82 Monaca boys basketball team.
North Allegheny wrestling great Ray Brinzer to join WPIAL Hall of Fame
Ray Brinzer writes software and manages databases as a computer programmer, which seems a world away from a wrestling mat for one of the WPIAL’s all-time greats, but the former North Allegheny star can see similarities.

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Aliquippa’s D.J. Walker drives between Shenango’s Braden Zeigler and Brody McQuiston during their game on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, at Aliquippa High School.
With Pitt coach watching, Aliquippa football stars hit basketball stride to defeat Shenango
January 19, 2023
Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi was sitting among the home fans in Aliquippa’s gym Wednesday night, there with dozens of others to watch a group of football players throw around a basketball.

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WPIAL Hall of Fame Class of 2023 inductees Greg Meisner (left) and Tom Pipkins, both former Valley athletes, fist bump during the hall of fame announcement at the Heinz History Center on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023.
Valley great Tom Pipkins highlights 2023 WPIAL Hall of Fame class
January 18, 2023
Tom Pipkins jokes that he might already be retired from working if high school athletes could’ve signed endorsement deals back in his day.

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Peters Twp.’s Jack Dunbar celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against Bethel Park on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at Bethel Park High School.
Peters Township creates 3-way section tie with narrow win over Bethel Park
Peters Township broke a tie on the scoreboard to create a tie in the standings.

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Central Catholic’s Anthony Speca works out on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, in Oakland.
Central Catholic’s Anthony Speca commits to Penn State
January 17, 2023
Central Catholic linebacker Anthony Speca, one of the state’s top college football recruits, committed Tuesday to Penn State.

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio scores past Hempfield’s Mia Shipman during their game Monday at Norwin High School.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 15, 2023
January 14, 2023
Class 6A

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Lincoln Park’s Dorian McGhee battles Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher for a loose ball during their game Dec. 29, 2022, at the CCBC Dome.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 15, 2023
Class 6A

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Evan Barnhart is a senior defenseman on the North Allegheny inline hockey team.
North Allegheny inline hockey team thrives outside spotlight
North Allegheny has a high school sports team that’s undefeated this winter, a motivated roster that’s trying to avenge a second-place finish from last year.

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Mars’ Tasso Sfanos scores over Chartiers Valley’s Drew Sleva during their game on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at Mars Area High School.
Mars aces midterm test with 37-point win over No. 1 Chartiers Valley
After a week of big tests in the classroom, the Mars boys basketball team passed another on the court Friday night.

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North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman sets up a score during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Garnet Valley on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman repeats as Gatorade Pa. Volleyball Player of the Year
January 13, 2023
North Allegheny senior Mia Tuman was recognized as the state’s top girls volleyball player for the second year in a row Friday when she was named Gatorade Pennsylvania Volleyball Player of the Year.

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Pine-Richland head coach Jon LeDonne hoists the state championship trophy with his team after defeating Imhotep Charter in the PIAA Class 5A final on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Pine-Richland football coach Jon LeDonne among 32 nominees for NFL’s Don Shula Award
Pine-Richland football coach Jon LeDonne, who led the Rams to a state title this season, was one of 32 coaches nationwide nominated for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Nate Girod celebrates with the student section after defeating Upper St. Clair in double overtime on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon matches rival Upper St. Clair shot for shot in double-overtime win
January 10, 2023
Two dozen 3-pointers made the score higher than a typical Mt. Lebanon-Upper St. Clair grind, but the dramatic finish still fit this gritty rivalry’s history.

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Referee Brian Sakowski has experience as an official for WPIAL and college football. He will be on the officials crew for the 2023 Division I College Football Playoff National Championship.
Penn Township’s Brian Sakowski ready to officiate national championship game
January 7, 2023
Sixteen years ago, as Brian Sakowski remembers, he worked his first varsity football game, a WPIAL rivalry between Trinity and Canon-McMillan.

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Trib HSSN girls basketball rankings for week of Jan. 8, 2023
Class 6A

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Trib HSSN boys basketball rankings for week of Jan. 8, 2023
Class 6A

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New Castle’s Jonathan Anderson celebrates after hitting a three-pointer on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at Butler High School.
Jonathan Anderson leads No. 1 New Castle past No. 2 Butler in renewed rivalry
New Castle’s Jonathan Anderson already knew all about his school’s old rivalry with Butler, even though the senior hadn’t faced the Tornado in his playing days.

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WPIAL clears 6-9 basketball player Ama Sow after transfer to Montour
January 6, 2023
Montour sophomore Ama Sow kept asking boys basketball coach Bill Minear the same question.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko celebrates a Blue Devils touchdown against St. Joseph’s Prep during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Bob Palko, 9-time WPIAL champion, resigns as Mt. Lebanon football coach
Thirteen months after celebrating a state championship with the Blue Devils, Bob Palko has resigned as Mt. Lebanon’s football coach to focus attention on concerns away from the field.

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Rosters announced for 2023 PIHL all-star games
Hempfield’s Nick Bruno and Bishop Canevin’s Ryan Saginaw, two of the PIHL’s top scorers, are among 210 players selected for the league’s all-star games.

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John Mucha, the PIHL commissioner since 2019 who died Thursday, on a recent trip to Alaska
PIHL mourns death of commissioner John Mucha
January 5, 2023
PIHL commissioner John Mucha, the top administrator for high school hockey in Western Pennsylvania, has died.

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Hampton’s Peter Kramer celebrates in front of the Highlands bench after scoring during their game on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at Highlands High School.
Hampton’s Peter Kramer scores 37 in key section win over Highlands
January 3, 2023
Hampton’s Peter Kramer shushed the Highlands crowd after one of his seven 3-pointers, a celebration he downplayed later, but nobody was able to quiet the Talbots’ newest star on this night.

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Lincoln Park’s Dorian McGhee battles Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher for a loose ball during their game on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, at the CCBC Dome.
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January 1, 2023
Class 6A

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The Greensburg Salem girls basketball team huddles before its game against Derry on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022.
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Class 6A

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Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas celebrates after hitting a three-pointer next to Laurel Highlands’ Keondre DeShields during their game on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, at the CCBC Dome.
Lincoln Park tops Laurel Highlands in potential star-powered WPIAL championship preview
December 29, 2022
With a hyped crowd watching inside CCBC’s dome, Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas made a pair of free throws with 21 seconds left Thursday, the final points in a 70-66 victory over top-ranked Laurel Highlands.

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Norwin boys basketball coach Lance Maha has the Knights at No. 4 in Class 6A in the latest Trib HSSN rankings.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Dec. 25, 2022
December 25, 2022
Class 6A

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The Greensburg Salem girls held at No. 4 in Class 4A in the Trib HSSN rankings.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Dec. 25, 2022
Class 6A

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Pine-Richland’s Jacob Beam (73) celebrates with Ryan Cory after defeating Imhotep Charter in the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
See the 2022 WPIAL and City League all-conference football teams
December 24, 2022
The four months of high school football season might zip by in a blur, but each fall the coaches take a moment to reflect, look back and vote for all-conference teams.

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Fort Cherry’s Matt Sieg runs against Monessen in a WPIAL Class A first round game Nov. 4, 2022, at Fort Cherry.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Fort Cherry freshman leads Black Hills awards
Fort Cherry’s Matt Sieg is only a freshman but conference coaches chose the dual-threat quarterback as the offensive MVP in the Black Hills this season.

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Beaver Falls’ Trey Singleton takes a hand-off from quarterback Jaren Brickner during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Beaver Falls.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Beaver Falls, Mohawk top Midwestern selections
Conference champion Beaver Falls earned six first-team spots on the all-Midwestern team led by senior Trey Singleton, who earned honors on both sides of the ball.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Jaydin Canady runs for a touchdown unopposed against Clairton on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Greensburg Central Catholic tops Eastern awards
Conference champion Greensburg Central Catholic earned eight first-team spots on the all-conference team, including two by lineman Ryan Kimmel, who was recognized on both sides of the ball.

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Mapletown’s Landan Stevenson runs past Monessen’s Daniel Dozier during their game Oct. 21, 2022, at Mapletown.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Mapletown leads Tri-County South after historic season
Mapletown celebrated its first undefeated regular season since 1968, a feat that was recognized in all-conference awards.

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Union’s Braylon Thomas celebrates as time expires in the WPIAL Class A championship game against Bishop Canevin on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Union’s Braylon Thomas leads Big 7 award winners
Union quarterback Braylon Thomas and South Side linebacker Ryan Navarra earned the top individual awards in the Class A Big 7 all-conference voting.

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Sto-Rox’s Zay Davis eyes up a tipped pass against Steel Valley on Sept. 2, 2022, in McKees Rocks.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Sto-Rox tops Century with 9 players on 1st team
December 23, 2022
Sto-Rox was a newcomer in the Class 2A Century Conference, but the Vikings made themselves right at home this season.

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Steel Valley head coach Ray Braszo talks with quarterback Cruce Brookins during the second quarter against Sto-Rox on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in McKees Rocks.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Steel Valley leads 1st team with 9 spots in Allegheny
Steel Valley’s Cruce Brookins was a two-way standout for the Ironmen, but he wasn’t the only player on the roster making an impact on both sides of the ball.

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Westinghouse quarterback Keyshawn Morsillo celebrates with Roderick Jeter after scoring against Farrell during their PIAA Class 2A state quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at Cupples Stadium.
2022 All-City League Football Team: Westinghouse’s Keyshawn Morsillo, coach Donta Green take top honors
December 22, 2022
Westinghouse won the City League title for the 38th time in team history, but the Bulldogs didn’t stop there.

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Avonworth’s Brandon Biagiarelli carries past Belle Vernon’s Adam LaCarte during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Avonworth sweeps MVP honors in Western Hills
Avonworth’s Luke Hilyard and Brandon Biagiarelli swept the conference MVP honors, and nine teammates also were named first-team all-conference after the Antelopes won the Class 3A Western Hills title.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin celebrates after defeating Avonworth in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Belle Vernon gets 12 spots on Interstate 1st team
Belle Vernon has had many reasons to celebrate.

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Freeport’s Ben Lane cruses into the end zone against East Allegheny in the fourth quarter Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 at Freeport Area High School.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Freeport, Shady Side Academy lead Allegheny 6 honors
Conference champion Freeport received 10 first-team all-conference spots in the Class 3A Allegheny 6, led by Ben Lane, Jacksen Reiser and Jacob Bollinger, who also earned individual awards.

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Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey scores past Bishop McDevitt’s Ty Kephart during the PIAA Class 4A championship game.
Western Pa.’s Top 10 football prospects for the Class of 2024
December 21, 2022
College football coaches needing a linebacker, running back, wide receiver or offensive lineman will be visiting Western Pennsylvania in the coming months.

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Palmieri carries past Imhotep Charter’s Mysir Mayo and Amaury Hunter during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
2022 TribLive HSSN Terrific 25 Football All-Stars
Western Pennsylvania had five high school football teams reach the state finals this season, including a postseason run by Westinghouse that was the City League’s first PIAA championship game appearance in decades.

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Union’s Braylon Thomas scores past Bishop Canevin’s A’Zjaun Marshall during the WPIAL Class A championship game on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
Trib HSSN 2022 Head of the Class: Football player of the year in all 6 classes
December 19, 2022
As the saying goes, big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games. Many of the best players in Western Pennsylvania proved those words true this fall.

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Highlands’ Katelyn Myers is fouled by Kiski Area’s Abbie Johns Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at Highlands High School.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings for week of Dec. 18, 2022
December 17, 2022
Class 6A

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Mars’ Brady Jordan shoots over Kiski’s Connor Flemm during their game on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings for week of Dec. 18, 2022
Class 6A

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Greater Latrobe’s Hannah Polosky competes in the 2021 WPIAL diving championship at North Allegheny.
PIAA sparks controversy with changes to diving championships
The PIAA fears high school diving is disappearing from many areas of the state, but changes meant to save the sport will force the WPIAL to revamp its championship format this winter.

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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen throws a pass against Mars on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at Armstrong High School.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: 10 Armstrong players, coach Frank Fabian earn Greater Allegheny honors
December 16, 2022
WPIAL passing leader Cadin Olsen earned first-team all-conference honors in the Class 4A Greater Allegheny, along with his top two receiving targets.

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Aliquippa lineman Naquan Crowder returns an interception against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Aliquippa, coach Mike Warfield lead Parkway honors
Aliquippa players received a dozen first-team spots on the Class 4A Parkway all-conference team, including six claimed by a trio of linemen honored on both sides of the ball.

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McKeesport senior running back Bobbie Boyd streaks down the sideline for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 19-7 win over Penn-Trafford on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, at Warrior Stadium in Harrison City.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: 2-way standouts lead Big Seven postseason honors
McKeesport teammates Bobbie Boyd and Jahmil Perryman were two-way stars for the Tigers this season, but they weren’t the only players in the Class 4A Big Seven pulling double duty.

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North Allegheny grad Ayden Owens competes for Arkansas during the 2021-22 indoor season.
Former North Allegheny star Ayden Owens runner-up for top college track award
December 15, 2022
North Allegheny graduate and Arkansas decathlete Ayden Owens-Delerme was the runner-up for college track and field’s top honor Thursday night.

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Woodland Hills coach Tim Bostard went 30-35 in six seasons with the Wolverines.
Woodland Hills seeks to replace football coach Tim Bostard
After 22 years of coaching Woodland Hills football, first as an assistant and later head coach, Tim Bostard says he often joked that he’d be there until they kicked him out.

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North Allegheny coach Art Walker celebrates with his team after winning the WPIAL Class 6A championship.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: North Allegheny coach Art Walker joins 9 players on 6A team
December 14, 2022
The WPIAL classification for the biggest schools was the league’s smallest overall with only five teams.

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Penn-Trafford’s Daniel Tarabrella celebrates with Carmen Metcalfe after Metcalfe’s touchdown against Franklin Regional in the second quarter Friday, Oct.28, 2022 at Penn-Trafford High School.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Penn-Trafford has 7 spots on Big East 1st team
Penn-Trafford’s size up front was a strength this season and opposing coaches recognized that group favorably when voting for the all-conference team.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger eludes Pine-Richland defenders during their game on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Penn Hills.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Penn Hills, Pine-Richland lead Class 5A Northeast honors
The playoff race in the Northeast was among the most competitive in the WPIAL, depth that showed in the all-conference team.

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Upper St. Clair’s Aidan Besselman celebrates as the Panthers knock off Gateway, 24-21, on Nov. 4, 2022, at Gateway.
2022 WPIAL All-Conference Football: Upper St. Clair places 10 on Allegheny Six team
Upper St. Clair’s Aidan Besselman and Mark Banbury earned first-team honors on both sides of the ball, helping the Panthers claim 10 spots on the Allegheny Six all-conference team.

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Gateway graduate Derrick Davis announced he’s transferring from LSU.
Former Gateway star Derrick Davis announces plans to transfer from LSU
December 12, 2022
Former Gateway standout Derrick Davis, the TribLive HSSN Football Player of the Year in 2019, has announced plans to transfer from LSU.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin kisses the state championship trophy after the Leopards defeated Neumann Goretti in the PIAA Class 3A final on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Belle Vernon sees no ‘racial intent’ by football players in controversial social media video
The Belle Vernon football players involved in a controversial social media video weren’t trying to racially taunt anyone, said the school’s top administrator, but they will face consequences for including a racial slur.

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Westinghouse head coach Donta Green talks with his team as time winds down in the PIAA Class 2A state championship game against Southern Columbia on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
PIAA wants investigation into signs, video targeting Westinghouse football team
December 10, 2022
The PIAA has directed the Southern Columbia administration to investigate allegations of racist taunts involving signs and a social media video targeting Westinghouse’s football team.

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North Allegheny head coach Jamie Kyriazis offers encouragement during the second round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center on Feb. 6, 2014, in Hershey.
After 7-year hiatus, Jamie Kyriazis returns to coach North Allegheny wrestling team
Timing is important in wrestling.

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Palmieri fends off Imhotep Charter’s Lamar Muldrow during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Pine-Richland stuns Imhotep Charter in PIAA Class 5A final on Ryan Palmieri’s big night
December 9, 2022
MECHANICSBURG — Pine-Richland quarterbacks sure have a knack for big performances in the biggest games, a history that includes Ben DiNucci, Phil Jurkovec and Cole Spencer.

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Southern Columbia’s Braeden Wisloski eludes Westinghouse’s Troy Brown to score during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Westinghouse’s hopes of state championship dashed by Southern Columbia in Class 2A final
MECHANICSBURG — Westinghouse fairy-tale ending was spoiled by a team that’s very familiar with being cast as the villain in the state football championships.

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Westinghouse’s Taymir O’Neal (7) celebrates with Davon Jones after defeating Steel Valley in their PIAA Class 2A state semifinal on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Westinghouse welcomes underdog role in PIAA finals against 12-time champion Southern Columbia
Westinghouse coach Donta Green gathers his football players after each practice and every game for a session he calls highs and shout-outs.

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Bishop McDevitt’s Tyshawn Russell scores past Aliquippa’s Tikey Hayes during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Bishop McDevitt punishes Aliquippa for mistakes in PIAA Class 4A title game
December 8, 2022
MECHANICSBURG — In the state football championships, against a quarterback with major-college talent and an opponent seeking redemption, there’s very little room for error.

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Steelton Highspire’s Bamm Appleby intercepts a pass in the end zone intended for Union’s Dayne Johnke during the PIAA Class A state championship game on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Union playoff run ends with loss to Steelton-Highspire in PIAA Class A football final
MECHANICSBURG – Union could see the end zone all afternoon, but didn’t get there enough.

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes scores a touchdown against Bishop McDevitt in the 2021 PIAA Class 4A state championship game at Hersheypark Stadium.
Defending state champion Aliquippa draws PIAA finals rematch with Bishop McDevitt
Aliquippa started a sophomore at quarterback and a freshman at running back in the state finals last season while opponent Bishop McDevitt had a freshman behind center that day.

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Pine-Richland’s Joey Perry celebrates in the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, against Cathedral Prep.
Trib HSSN high school football state rankings for Dec. 7, 2022
The PIAA football playoffs are down to 12 teams as the season approaches the final weekend.

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A PIAA boys basketball championship trophy sits on the court at Giant Center in Hershey.
Plans to expand, strengthen PIAA competitive-balance rule rejected by board
December 7, 2022
MECHANICSBURG — Plans to revamp the competitive-balance formula were rejected Wednesday by the PIAA board, meaning only football and basketball teams are still impacted by the rule — and only those that add too many transfers.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher announced an NIL deal Wednesday.
After PIAA approves NIL policy, Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher quickly adds 1st deal
MECHANICSBURG — The vote was only a couple of hours old when Laurel Highlands senior Rodney Gallagher announced the first NIL deal for a PIAA athlete.

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PIAA concerned with rising ejection rates among boys soccer players, coaches
December 5, 2022
The PIAA was optimistic that the rising number of player and coach ejections would subside statewide after adding a two-game suspension in 2020 for the most egregious unsportsmanlike acts.

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Westinghouse quarterback Keyshawn Morsillo celebrates as time winds down against Steel Valley during their PIAA Class 2A state semifinal on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Westinghouse ends City League’s 25-year wait, tops Steel Valley to reach state finals
December 2, 2022
No City League football team has reached the state finals in 25 years, but Westinghouse is headed there next week.

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Aliquippa’s DJ Walker and Brandon Banks celebrate after defeating Central Valley in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Nov. 25 at Acrisure Stadium.
In storied Aliquippa football history, could these Quips show they’re best with another PIAA title?
December 1, 2022
There’s always room to debate which Aliquippa football team was the best in school history.

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Central Catholic head coach Terry Totten watches his team before a game against NA on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Central Catholic football coach Terry Totten resigns after 18 seasons, 6 WPIAL titles
When Central Catholic football coach Terry Totten officially met with his players one final time Thursday, he showed them the watch on his wrist and told them how it just keeps ticking.

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Pine-Richland offensive lineman Ryan Cory celebrates as the clock ticks down during the Rams’ victory over Cathedral Prep in the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.
Pine-Richland draws PIAA semifinal opponent that rarely passes
The football itself is usually an essential piece of practice equipment, but when Pine-Richland’s scout-team offense took the field this week, coach Jon LeDonne had the group run plays without one.

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Union’s Matt Stanley scores after stripping the ball from Bishop Canevin during the WPIAL Class A championship game Nov. 25 at Acrisure Stadium.
Trib HSSN High School Football State Rankings for Nov. 29, 2022
November 29, 2022
The favorites remain alive in the state playoffs.

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Imani Christian transfers eligible for basketball season after PIAA overturns WPIAL decisions
November 28, 2022
Imani Christian transfers Robert Sledge and Kylan Holmes are now eligible to play basketball this winter after the PIAA overturned earlier decisions by the WPIAL.

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Pine-Richland defensive back Bryce O’Brien (left) celebrates with teammate Tenner Cunningham after hauling in an interception to secure the Rams’ 21-14 victory over Cathedral Prep in the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Gibsonia.
PIAA announces semifinal sites, times for state football playoffs
November 27, 2022
The Pine-Richland football team has a two-hour bus ride this weekend and Aliquippa has a three-hour trip ahead. That often comes with reaching the state semifinals.

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Westinghouse’s Donte Taylor tackles Farrell’s Brandon Chambers for a loss during their PIAA Class 2A state quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at Cupples Stadium.
Westinghouse shuts down Farrell, sets up PIAA semifinal showdown with WPIAL champion
November 26, 2022
Westinghouse fans have a variety of chants and cheers, but “go defense go” seemed to have a little extra enthusiasm Saturday afternoon at Cupples Stadium.

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes (left) and Arison Walker celebrate with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Central Vallley in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
Aliquippa rolls past Central Valley to capture 19th WPIAL football title
November 25, 2022
Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes landed in the end zone after leaping headfirst over his linemen, but the running back was quickly airborne again when guard Neco Eberhardt celebrated by lifting the sophomore off his feet.

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Aliquippa’s DJ Walker scores on a 92-yard reception against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
2022 WPIAL 4A football championship breakdown: Aliquippa vs. Central Valley
WPIAL Class 4A football championship

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin scores against East Allegheny on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals.
2022 WPIAL 3A football championship breakdown: Belle Vernon vs. Avonworth
November 24, 2022
WPIAL Class 3A football championship

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Steel Valley quarterback Cruce Brookins celebrates with lineman Greg Smith after defeating Sto-Rox on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in McKees Rocks.
2022 WPIAL 2A football championship breakdown: Steel Valley vs. Beaver Falls
WPIAL Class 2A football championship

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Union quarterback Braylon Thomas throws a pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022.
2022 WPIAL A football championship breakdown: Bishop Canevin vs. Union
WPIAL Class A football championship

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Central Valley’s Bret FitzSimmons eludes Aliquippa defenders during their game on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
Thanksgiving Day practice now annual tradition for WPIAL 4A finalists Central Valley, Aliquippa
How many folks are coming to Thanksgiving dinner? Central Valley’s Bret FitzSimmons expected to eat turkey with around 70 friends.

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Westinghouse senior wide receiver Sincere Smith hauls in a long touchdown pass on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, at Cupples Stadium.
Trib HSSN High School Football State Rankings for Nov. 22, 2022
November 22, 2022
There’s a new No. 1 team in Class 2A.

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Pine-Richland’s Vasilios Balouris stiff-arms Upper St. Clair’s Ty Lagoni on the way to a second-quarter touchdown during WPIAL Class 5A championship action Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Norwin High School.
PIAA announces quarterfinal sites, times for state football playoffs
November 20, 2022
WPIAL Class 5A champion Pine-Richland will host a state quarterfinal in the PIAA football playoffs this week while 6A winner North Allegheny starts on the road.

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North Allegheny celebrates with the trophy after beating Central Catholic to win the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Norwin High School.
North Allegheny shuts out rival Central Catholic in 2nd half to claim 5th WPIAL football title
November 19, 2022
These teams combined for one touchdown when they met eight weeks ago in a low-scoring, field-position battle between WPIAL rivals who leaned mostly on their defenses.

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North Allegheny head coach Dave DeGregorio (right) talks with Baldwin head coach Jeff Ackermann before their WPIAL Class 6A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
North Allegheny basketball teams adjust to early start to season
Starting basketball season a week earlier than usual probably doesn’t excite WPIAL coaches, but the idea of a less-compact regular season maybe does.

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Aliquippa’s Dorius Moreland (12) and Jayace Williams (33) celebrate a turnover in the first half of the Quips’ 42-7 victory over McKeesport in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Nov. 18, 2022, at Memorial stadium in Canonsburg.
‘We are here:’ Aliquippa gets defensive in WPIAL semifinal victory over McKeesport
November 18, 2022
There was no tropical storm or heavy rain.

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North Allegheny’s Khiryn Boyd celebrates after intercepting a pass against Central Catholic on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
2022 WPIAL 6A football championship breakdown: North Allegheny vs. Central Catholic
WPIAL Class 6A football championship

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Palmieri (25) celebrates a second half touchdown with teammates during their semifinal game against Woodland Hills on Nov. 11, 2022, at Gateway.
2022 WPIAL 5A football championship breakdown: Pine-Richland vs. Upper St. Clair
WPIAL Class 5A football championship

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North Allegheny quarterback Logan Kushner scores past Central Catholic’s Daron Smith during the fourth quarter Sept. 23 at West Mifflin.
Program-boosting coaches lead North Allegheny, Central Catholic into WPIAL Class 6A title game
Whether he deserves some credit or blame depends on your perspective, but Art Walker certainly helped set Central Catholic on a path to become a WPIAL powerhouse.

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Aliquippa’s DJ Walker scores on a 92-yard reception against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
5 things to watch in Week 12 of high school football
November 17, 2022
Aliquippa is trying to reach the WPIAL football finals for the 15th year in a row, meaning some of the players on the Quips roster weren’t born the last time the team failed to get there.

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McKeesport senior running back Bobbie Boyd streaks down the sideline for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 19-7 win over Penn-Trafford on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, at Warrior Stadium in Harrison City.
Aliquippa, McKeesport collide again in WPIAL semifinals after 2OT battle last season
For a year, McKeesport has wondered what might’ve been.

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Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak earned his 300th career win Friday night.
5 things we learned in Week 11: Bill Cherpak joins ‘role model’ George Novak in WPIAL’s 300 club
November 13, 2022
Bill Cherpak could’ve succeeded in whatever career path he pursued, says his former high school football coach, recalling how the Steel Valley graduate already was a bright leader in those days.

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Thomas Jefferson captains Jordan Mayer, John Janusek, Peyton Krueger and Ryan Lawry take the field before facing Latrobe in a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal Friday, Nov. 11, 2022.
WPIAL announces playoff sites for semifinal football games
November 12, 2022
The stadiums of Canon-McMillan and North Allegheny were chosen by the WPIAL to host two of the eight football semifinal matchups scheduled for Friday.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner carries past Mt. Lebanon’s Beckham Dee during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
‘Down and out’ Central Catholic tops Mt. Lebanon to make 4th straight finals trip
November 11, 2022
Central Catholic wideout Peter Gonzalez missed the first three weeks of the season after knee surgery, but quarterback Payton Wehner kept throwing him passes anyway, while he worked his way back to the field.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner throws a pass under pressure from Seneca Valley’s Lucas Lambert during their game on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Jackson.
Central Catholic is passing more than ever, yet rainstorm awaits in WPIAL semifinals
There was a new piece of equipment on the field at Central Catholic football practice this week: a five-gallon water jug.

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Thomas Jefferson head coach Bill Cherpak yells to his offense during the Jaguars’ PIAA Class 4A state semifinal against Lempeter-Strasburg Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at Hollidaysburg High School.
5 things to watch in Week 11: Thomas Jefferson’s Bill Cherpak could be 4th WPIAL coach to 300 wins
Twenty-seven years ago, Thomas Jefferson started the 1995 football season with a 15-0 win over Belle Vernon behind a first-year head coach named Bill Cherpak.

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The next round of the WPIAL football playoffs will be played in the rain Friday night.
WPIAL keeps football games on Friday despite rain; Westinghouse now Thursday
November 9, 2022
Don’t forget to bring an umbrella or two.

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WPIAL issues split decisions on 3 Imani Christian basketball transfers
November 8, 2022
The WPIAL cleared Imani Christian transfer Damon Givner to play his sophomore basketball season with the Saints, but two others were ruled ineligible after separate hearings Tuesday in Green Tree.

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WPIAL approves 2 Serra Catholic transfers after eligibility hearing
November 7, 2022
The WPIAL ruled Serra Catholic transfers Matt McNeal and David Jordan fully eligible after the sophomores attended an eligibility hearing Monday in Green Tree.

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Bethel Park’s Austin Caye (24) carries against Upper St. Clair’s Aidan Conn on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at Upper St. Clair High School.
WPIAL announces sites for Friday’s round of football playoffs
November 5, 2022
The WPIAL chose Canon-McMillan and Gateway to host Class 5A semifinals Friday night.

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Washington’s Nick Blanchette throws a touchdown pass while pressured by Serra Catholic’s Saron Royall on Nov. 4, 2022, at Norwin.
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The drive home from Burgettstown to Lawrence County takes about an hour, but the Union football team had a slight detour Friday night.

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North Allegheny’s Jackson Pajak finishes the WPIAL Class 3A cross country championship race on Oct. 27.
New cast of characters earns more championship gold for North Allegheny cross country
North Allegheny swept the big-school WPIAL cross country team titles this fall for the fifth year in a row, adding two more banners to a long list of league championships.

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Upper St. Clair’s Aidan Besselman celebrates as the Panthers knock off Gateway, 24-21, on Nov. 4, 2022, at Gateway.
Upper St. Clair stuns Gateway in WPIAL playoffs behind ‘resilient’ QB who’d lost starting job
Upper St. Clair quarterback Julian Dahlem lost his starting job last month and hadn’t attempted a pass in weeks, yet the sophomore threw a season-saving touchdown Friday night.

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Gateway’s Malachi Moore scores against Hempfield during the first quarter on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Spartan Stadium.
5 things to watch in Week 10 of high school football
November 4, 2022
In WPIAL Class 5A, is eight enough?

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Upper St. Clair’s Jamaal Brown carries the ball during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Upper St. Clair.
Upper St. Clair running back with Florida roots hopes to lead Panthers on WPIAL playoff run
An injured ankle had Jamaal Brown sidelined at this time last year, making him an unhappy spectator when Upper St. Clair lost in the first round of the playoffs.

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Butler coach Eric Christy talks with his players during a 2019 practice.
Butler can participate in District 10 football championship after court denies PIAA request
November 3, 2022
The Butler football team will have a chance to win a District 10 championship thanks to a school district victory Thursday in court.

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WPIAL rules Lincoln Park transfers eligible, requests hearings for Imani newcomers
November 2, 2022
The WPIAL cleared Lincoln Park transfers Maddie Syka and Abbi Jannuzi to play girls basketball in the regular season this winter after holding separate eligibility hearings Tuesday in Green Tree.

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Medals are shown at the WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
WPIAL purchases building with plans to relocate league office
November 1, 2022
You might say the WPIAL is transferring offices.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Ryan Lawry intercepts a pass to end the game against McKeesport on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.
Week 9 surprises loomed large as WPIAL football committee paired brackets
October 30, 2022
Some folks count sheep.

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Clairton coach Wayne Wade reacts during a 2019 game.
‘It’s unfair to our kids,’ says Clairton coach after WPIAL denies home playoff game
October 29, 2022
Wayne Wade was already envisioning one more Friday night in Clairton under the lights and the festivities that accompany a home football game in the WPIAL playoffs.

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North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu leads the Tigers onto the field before the start of their game against Central Catholic on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
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Bishop Canevin’s Xavier Nelson leaps into the end zone to score against OLSH on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, at Dormont Memorial Stadium.
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Defending WPIAL champions Aliquippa and Bishop Canevin were among the six teams that earned No. 1 seeds for the upcoming football playoffs when brackets were revealed online Saturday on TribLive HSSN.

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North Allegheny’s Leyna Rumpler celebrates with coach Daniel Heckert after a pin in the 2022 state girls wrestling tournament on March 13, 2022.
Girls wrestling moves closer to goal of being sanctioned by PIAA
Someday, the state’s best female wrestlers will be crowned PIAA champions at Giant Center in matches held alongside the boys, if advocates for the sport get their wish.

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Steel Valley’s Jesean Wright carries past Sto-Rox’s Drevon Miller-Ross during the fourth quarter on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in McKees Rocks.
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The WPIAL football playoff brackets will be revealed at 2 p.m. Saturday on TribLive HSSN. In the meantime, here’s a look at what those brackets might look like, according to HSSN’s Don Rebel and Chris Harlan.

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Aliquippa’s DJ Walker scores on a 92-yard reception against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
Capacity crowd sees Aliquippa defeat rival Central Valley with dominant 3rd quarter
Aliquippa’s DJ Walker saw fans standing rows deep along the fence, heard cheers of a capacity crowd and felt the excitement in the cold, October air.

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Coach Eric Christy and the Butler football team will compete in the District 10 playoffs.
Judge rules Butler football can compete in District 10 playoffs
October 28, 2022
Butler earned its biggest win of the season hours before Friday night’s football game against Latrobe.

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Mars head coach Eric Kasperowicz gives Babe Hein five before playing Montour Friday, Aug. 26, 2022 at Montour High School.
5 things to watch in Week 9 of high school football
Almost everyone has an off year once in a while, yet Mars coach Eric Kasperowicz and North Catholic’s Pat O’Shea have never had a team miss the playoffs in their head coaching careers.

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Central Vallley’s Jackson Tonya tackles Aliquippa’s Nate Lindsey during the second quarter on Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
Reigning state champions Aliquippa, Central Valley clash in long-awaited Week 9 finale
October 27, 2022
Two high school communities in Beaver County had Oct. 28 marked on their calendars since late February, when the WPIAL first released this season’s football schedules.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger eludes Pine-Richland defenders during their game on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Penn Hills.
WPIAL bracketology: Don Rebel, Chris Harlan forecast 2022 football playoff pairings
October 26, 2022
Bracketology before the playoff field is set is a curious idea.

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The Aliquippa football team celebrates with the 2021 state championship trophy after defeating Bishop McDevitt, 34-27, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Once a critic of PIAA competitive-balance rule, state rep from Beaver County supports overhaul
The PIAA’s plan to remove the transfer criteria from its competitive-balance formula received support Tuesday from a Beaver County legislator who was an outspoken critic of the current rule.

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The Central Valley student section celebrates the Warriors’ first touchdown during the first quarter against Aliquippa on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
Football fans lining up for coveted Central Valley vs. Aliquippa tickets
October 25, 2022
The hottest ticket in Beaver County isn’t for a British pop star or an 80’s rock band back on tour.

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Apollo-Ridge running back Nick Curci carried the ball 51 times on Friday.
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October 23, 2022
There were some dark days this fall for the Mohawk football program, but Saturday wasn’t one of them.

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Bishop Canevin’s Jermell Lindsey celebrates his sack against OLSH on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, at Dormont Memorial Stadium.
OLSH loses star QB in warmups; No. 1 Bishop Canevin clinches 1st conference title since ’11
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart’s Nehemiah Azeem is one of the WPIAL’s top passers, but 15 minutes before kickoff, the Chargers found out they wouldn’t have him in the lineup.

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October 22, 2022
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North Allegheny’s Elysia Smith hits against Freeport on Aug. 29.
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North Allegheny’s girls volleyball team has won five consecutive state titles, but this year’s roster accomplished a feat none of those teams ever did. They played 16 matches this fall and didn’t lose single set — winning them all 3-0.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner eludes Seneca Valley’s Logan Armstrong during their game on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Jackson.
Central Catholic’s young playmakers lead playoff-clinching win over Seneca Valley
Central Catholic could’ve accepted a penalty for an out-of-bound kickoff and taken the ball at the 35-yard line, but instead told Seneca Valley to re-kick.

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Highlands’ Brayden White is tackled by Kiski’s Brennan Moore before he makes it to the end zone on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 at Kiski Area High School.
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October 21, 2022
It’s hard to be perfect.

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Seneca Valley quarterback Graham Hancox throws a pass during practice on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at NexTier Stadium.
Preseason WPIAL favorites Central Catholic, Seneca Valley now fighting for playoff lives
October 20, 2022
Seneca Valley and Central Catholic were picked as preseason favorites to meet in the WPIAL Class 6A championship before anyone had played a game.

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Moon head coach Bill Pfeifer celebrates with goalkeeper Serayah Leech after defeating Seneca Valley, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
9 WPIAL coaches earn statewide award from PIAA
October 18, 2022
Nine WPIAL coaches were name state coaches of the year by the PIAA for the 2021-22 school year.

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Medals are shown at the WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
WPIAL board increases to 21 seats with diversity advisory council addition
The WPIAL board has expanded to 21 members with the addition of a seat for a representative from the WPIAL Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council.

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If proposed changes to the PIAA’s competitive-balance rule had been in place last season, successful programs such as the Montour baseball team would have been forced to move up in classification, regardless of the number of transfers on the roster.
PIAA’s reps from WPIAL split on future of competitive-balance rule
October 17, 2022
The WPIAL has three seats on the PIAA board, and its representatives usually vote together, but that didn’t happen when asked about making major changes to the state’s competitive-balance rule.

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The Central Catholic student section cheers on its team during a game last season.
5 things we learned in Week 7: Central Catholic blocked FG touchdown scorer: ‘I heard no whistle’
October 15, 2022
As a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman, Anthony Shovlin says he’d accepted the fact that scoring touchdowns wasn’t in his future, but that changed dramatically Friday night.

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Ryan Palmieri (25) and his Pine-Richland teammates moved up a spot in the WPIAL Class 5A rankings.
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North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu (8) celebrates with Daniel Sellers (47) after defeating Central Catholic, 7-3, on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
North Allegheny athletic director concerned by changing definition of amateurism
A groundbreaking name, image and likeness policy proposed by the PIAA cleared a second hurdle this month, meaning Pennsylvania high school athletes soon could be eligible to make money from NIL deals this winter.

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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen throws a pass under pressure from Mars’ Connor Hartle during their game on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at Armstrong High School.
Armstrong’s Cadin Olsen capitalizes on Mars’ mistakes in high-scoring Greater Allegheny win
Giving Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen short fields, time to pass and extra possessions is a dangerous combination.

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McKeesport senior Bobbie Boyd (right) returns an interception during the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 19-7 victory over Penn-Trafford on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, at Warrior Stadium in Harrison City.
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October 14, 2022
Football coaches will always say Week 7 isn’t the time for nonconference games, since the playoffs are less than a month away and nobody wants to get hurt now in a “meaningless” game.

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OLSH head coachDonnie Millitzer works with his team during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at Youthtowne.
PIAA rule keeps OLSH football team idle Friday night after Avella forfeits
October 13, 2022
Avella doesn’t have enough healthy players available for this week’s football game against Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, so the Eagles will forfeit the Class A Black Hills Conference contest scheduled for Friday night.

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The PIAA Class 2A boys basketball championship trophy sits on the court Friday, March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Philadelphia Catholic League teams no longer block WPIAL’s path to PIAA basketball finals
The marquee matchup of state championship weekend became an all-Philadelphia Catholic League affair when Roman Catholic and Archbishop Wood met in Hershey last winter for the Class 6A boys basketball final.

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The Aliquippa football team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Bishop McDevitt, 34-27, in the PIAA Class 4A final on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Narrow vote keeps alive potential overhaul of PIAA competitive-balance rule
October 12, 2022
MECHANICSBURG — The PIAA competitive-balance rule was originally created to measure postseason success and transfers, but that formula could change significantly this winter.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin carries against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.
NIL policy for Pa. high school athletes clears 2nd hurdle, could be finalized in December
October 11, 2022
MECHANICSBURG — One of Western Pennsylvania’s largest hospital networks had to revamp an advertising campaign that featured WPIAL athletes after the PIAA pointed out the ads violated its rules.

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North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu celebrates with teammates last month.
5 things we learned in Week 6: Some teams clinching already
October 8, 2022
It’s too early to start mapping playoff scenarios for most WPIAL football teams, but a select few already have won their way in.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Keilly Rush scores a touchdown past Mt. Pleasant’s Lucas Nicotera on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022.
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New faces take center ice for perennially powerful North Allegheny hockey program
North Allegheny always had a few familiar names among its top six forwards in recent years, experienced scorers who were there for multiple seasons. Yet, the Tigers are entering a winter of change.

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Bethel Park’s Ryan Petras celebrates his first touchdown with Aidan Currie during their game against Upper St. Clair on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Bethel Park’s offense plays keep away in win over No. 1 Upper St. Clair
October 7, 2022
“The most average line you’ve ever seen.”

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Washington quarterback Davoun Fuse throws a pass on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in Washington.
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This could be a make-or-break week for some teams with conference title hopes.

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Upper St. Clair’s Jamaal Brown works out on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Upper St. Clair.
Bethel Park, Upper St. Clair renew rivalry ranked 1st, 2nd in WPIAL Class 5A
October 6, 2022
Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair have combined for a few dramatic regular-season finales in recent years, but WPIAL schedule makers decided there’s no need to wait.

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Beaver’s Liam Gibson works out on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Beaver.
1st-time winners Beaver, Ligonier Valley among WPIAL Sportsmanship Award recipients
October 5, 2022
First-time winners Beaver and Ligonier Valley were among five schools named Wednesday as recipients of the annual WPIAL Sportsmanship Award.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher is tackled by Belle Vernon’s Braden Laux on Sept. 2.
5 things we learned in Week 5: Rodney Gallagher makes history again
October 1, 2022
Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher was 0-3 against conference foe Thomas Jefferson, and his Mustangs were outscored 160-3 in the first three years of his high school football career.

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Steel Valley remained on top of the Trib HSSN WPIAL Class 2A rankings.
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North Allegheny’s Campbell Melzer (left) celebrates with teammates after breaking up a pass in the end zone in the final minute against Central Catholic on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
North Allegheny embraces being viewed as underdog, now leads Class 6A
Saying the biggest high school in Western Pennsylvania was overlooked might seem unlikely, but when football season started, North Allegheny’s players didn’t hear much talk about themselves.

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Gateway quarterback Brad Birch throws a touchdown pass during the first quarter against Hempfield on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Spartan Stadium.
Brad Birch leads Gateway to rout of previously unbeaten Hempfield
September 30, 2022
Would anyone have been surprised if Gateway quarterback Brad Birch crashed the halftime homecoming ceremony, took the blue-and-white balloons and named himself Hempfield’s king?

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Franklin Regional head coach Lance Getsy talks with his team during a preseason practice.
5 things to watch in Week 5 of high school football
In an ultra-competitive Class 5A, Bethel Park, Hempfield and Upper St. Clair are the only WPIAL teams that haven’t lost to a 5A opponent yet this season — a list that keeps getting shorter.

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WPIAL rules East Allegheny transfer eligible for regular-season football but not playoffs
September 27, 2022
East Allegheny junior Amir Rollins, a transfer from Penn Hills, is allowed to play football in the regular season, but he remains ineligible for the playoffs, the WPIAL ruled Tuesday.

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Mapletown players run after practice on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in Mapletown.
5 things we learned in Week 4: WPIAL upstarts winning over their doubters
September 24, 2022
The last time Mapletown started a season 5-0, longtime Maples coach George Messich was in middle school and the team’s quarterback was an older boy who lived next door.

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North Allegheny and quarterback Logan Kushner remained No. 1 in Class 6A.
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North Allegheny’s Jack Bertram finishes third in the Class AAA boys race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
Talented sophomores pacing defending PIAA champion North Allegheny cross country teams
At this time of year, North Allegheny’s cross country team doesn’t talk much about winning championships, even if the boys and girls are both defending state champs.

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North Allegheny’s Campbell Melzer (6) celebrates with Kevin O’Donnell after breaking up a pass in the end zone on fourth down in the final minute against Central Catholic on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
North Allegheny tops Central Catholic in low-scoring defensive battle
September 23, 2022
North Allegheny’s Campbell Melzer was upset with himself after missing a tackle on a fourth-quarter hitch route that put Central Catholic in scoring position for a late touchdown.

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West Allegheny head coach Dave Schoppe works with his team on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in North Fayette.
5 things to watch in Week 4 of high school football
It wasn’t too long ago that West Allegheny was the team to beat in the Parkway Conference, back before the Indians made the jump to 5A.

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Westinghouse’s Sincere Smith catches a touchdown pass past Allderdice’s Hausan Marshall during their game on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.
Westinghouse cements itself as City League favorite with 38-7 win over Allderdice
Keyshawn Morsillo threw three touchdowns Thursday night and helped Westinghouse solidified itself as the team to beat in the City League with a 38-7 victory over Allderdice at Cupples Stadium.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner throws a pass during a preseason practice.
Central Catholic, North Allegheny battle for edge in WPIAL’s unpredictable Class 6A
September 22, 2022
After watching the first few weeks, Central Catholic coach Terry Totten suggests a new plan for finding the best team in 6A.

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The student section cheers on Peters Township at the start of Friday’s game against South Fayette.
WPIAL hopes ticket trend continues after topping $2 million in revenue last school year
September 19, 2022
The WPIAL sold more than $2 million in tickets last school year, a jump from recent pre-pandemic days that has the league in solid financial shape.

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North Allegheny quarterback Logan Kushner (left) works out with Khyrin Boyd during a preseason practice.
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September 17, 2022
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Penn-Trafford’s James Birdsong (11) celebrates with teammates after an interception late in the fourth quarter against Belle Vernon on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.
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Pick a word: Unpredictable? Competitive? Chaotic?

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North Allegheny’s Abigail Stager, Allison Burns and Sophia Palermo celebrate with Lucia Wells after a Wells goal against Fox Chapel Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022 at North Allegheny High School.
Despite revamped roster, North Allegheny girls soccer again off to strong start
The North Allegheny girls soccer team had six starting spots open this season, more than half of the lineup, but what the Tigers also had was depth.

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Peters Twp.’s Reston Lehman returns a fumble for a touchdown during the third quarter against South Fayette on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at Peters.
Peters Township overcomes 5 turnovers to defeat South Fayette in Allegheny Six opener
September 16, 2022
Peters Township freshman Reston Lehman scored his first two career touchdowns a minute apart Friday night, one to tie and one to take the lead as the Indians defeated South Fayette, 42-28, in an Allegheny Six opener filled with unpredictable moments.

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Peters Twp. quarterback Chris Cibrone throws a pass on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Peters.
1st-year QBs lead Peters Township, South Fayette into Allegheny Six opener
T.J. Plack handed the key for Peters Township’s offense to a first-year starting quarterback and told him to drive.

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Clairton’s Devon Dean-Coles looks on during practice.
5 things to watch in Week 3 of high school football
Ready or not, it’s conference time.

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PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi watches the PIAA Class 2A football state championship game on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA puts NIL debate on hold until October
September 14, 2022
A groundbreaking Name, Image and Likeness policy proposed by the PIAA must pass three separate votes to take effect, but that second vote won’t happen this week as initially thought.

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Ellwood City head coach Dan Bradley works with his team on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Ellwood City.
Five things we learned in Week 2: WPIAL’s longest losing streak is over
September 10, 2022
Team captains Aaron Hobel and Brighton Mariacher are fourth-year players on Ellwood City’s football team, yet their senior class never had celebrated a win.

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McKeesport’s Bobby Boyd tries to run out of a Belle Vernon tackle Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Class 4A No. 2 McKeesport defeated Class 3A No. 1 Belle Vernon.
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North Allegheny head boys soccer coach Manuel Montero on the sideline during a game against Butler Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 at North Allegheny High School.
New coach overhauls boys soccer program at ‘University of North Allegheny’
As a soccer coach who’d reached the college ranks, Manuel Montero wasn’t interested in coaching high school soccer again, but North Allegheny’s unofficial nickname intrigued him.

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Penn Hills’ Amir Key scores past Pine-Richland’s Luke Rudolph during their game on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Penn Hills.
Penn Hills’ Amir Key scores 3 times in victory over Pine-Richland and his former coach
September 9, 2022
Jon LeDonne spent five seasons building Penn Hills into a big-play dynamo and saw that explosive energy work against his new team Friday night.

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OLSH quarterback Nehemiah Azeem throws a pass during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at Youthtowne.
What to watch in Week 2: WPIAL’s top passing attack has showdown with Clairton
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart quarterback Nehemiah Azeem has already thrown for almost 700 yards and ranks as the top passer in the WPIAL, but his coach knows what skeptics are probably saying.

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Pine-Richland head coach Jon LeDonne watches his team practice on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in Pine.
Conference opener takes Pine-Richland coach Jon LeDonne back to Penn Hills
September 7, 2022
Yuhas-McGinley Stadium holds fond memories for Jon LeDonne, but what kind of welcome will he receive there Friday night when he’s wearing green instead of the home team’s red and gold?

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Shady Side Acdemy’s Peter Kramer scores over Laurel defenders during their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, at Fox Chapel High School.
Hampton transfer Peter Kramer ineligible for basketball playoffs
September 6, 2022
Hampton transfer Peter Kramer, a standout shooting guard who won a WPIAL basketball title at Shady Side Academy, is ineligible for the playoffs this winter.

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Deer Lakes Aiden Fletcher collides with Burrellճ Chase Fenner and Christian Brancato in the first half at Burrell Stadium Friday Sept 3, 2022.
What we learned in Week 1: New WPIAL approach leads to competitive schedule
September 3, 2022
This was the most competitive Week 1 in recent WPIAL history, but that probably wasn’t a coincidence.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin celebrates against Laurel Highlands on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.
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North Allegheny’s Carissa Treser spikes against Freeport during a volleyball match Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
Schedule toughens for 5-time defending PIAA champion North Allegheny girls volleyball team
Section 1 is smaller this season, so the North Allegheny girls volleyball team had to fill some open dates on its schedule.

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Steel Valley quarterback Cruce Brookins celebrates with lineman Greg Smith after defeating Sto-Rox on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in McKees Rocks.
Steel Valley’s Cruce Brookins follows big blockers in run-heavy win over Sto-Rox
Cruce Brookins predicts that he and Steel Valley teammate Greg Smith could be crashing into one another on a college field in a year or two.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin takes part in a workout Aug. 8, 2022, at Belle Vernon.
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September 2, 2022
Don’t be surprised if a few college coaches make an appearance at Belle Vernon’s football stadium.

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Sto-Rox’s Zay Davis carries past Avonworth’s Brandon Biagiarelli during their game on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Ohio Twp.
Week 1 clash between Sto-Rox, Steel Valley comes 10 months later than they’d hoped
September 1, 2022
Steel Valley’s Cruce Brookins watched maybe a few minutes of last year’s WPIAL Class 2A final. Sto-Rox’s Josh Jenkins couldn’t stomach watching any.

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Mohawk cancels Week 1 football game, Quaker Valley seeks new opponent
August 29, 2022
Mohawk canceled its football game for the second week in a row as authorities investigate hazing allegations involving the team.

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Matt Bonislawski won his head coaching debut with Highlands on Friday.
Five things we learned from Week Zero of WPIAL football
August 27, 2022
When the Woodland Hills defense made a valiant goal-line stand in the fourth quarter Saturday, the result was a win for the Wolverines but also a much-needed win for WPIAL football.

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Gateway’s Roberson Louis-Jeune and Matthew Brooks bring down Mt. Lebanon’s Nathan Sala on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, in Monroeville. The Gators, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, won its opener.
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Gateway quarterback Brad Birch pitches the ball under pressure against Mt. Lebanon on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, in Monroeville.
Brad Birch perseveres in pressure-packed opener, lifting Gateway past Mt. Lebanon
Fourth-and-20 is a pressure situation no quarterback wants, but Brad Birch knew where the ball needed to go.

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After 6 years, 6-classification format still has pros, cons for WPIAL football teams
August 26, 2022
Six for six.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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After 6 years, 6-classification format still has pros, cons for WPIAL football teams
August 25, 2022
Six for six.

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After 6 years, 6-classification format still has pros, cons for WPIAL football teams
Six for six.

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Kiski Area varsity football players warm up during practice at the stadium Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
After 6 years, 6-classification format still has pros, cons for WPIAL football teams
Six for six.

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Upper St. Clair kicker Bennett Henderson watches his first of two field goals against Moon on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Tigers Stadium in Moon.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the specialists
August 24, 2022
A remarkable WPIAL record is about to turn 20.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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Mars head coach Eric Kasperowicz works with his new team on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at Mars Athletic Complex .
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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Central Valley’s Jayvin Thompson works out on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Center.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the safeties
August 23, 2022
Safety is often the last line of defense, but having a good one can be a weapon for any team.

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Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne Jr. scores during practice Aug. 11 in Collier.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the cornerbacks
Western Pennsylvania football was always known for its quarterbacks and linemen, but that’s changed in recent decades.

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Clairton quarterback Capone Jones looks for a receiver during practice.
WPIAL title contender Clairton somehow flying under radar
August 22, 2022
Remember Clairton?

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Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey celebrates his pick-six during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday, Dec. 49, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the linebackers
Brashear’s Ta’Mere Robinson is certainly one of the best linebackers in Western Pennsylvania. He’s one of the best in the country. But the Penn State recruit is still recovering from knee surgery, so there’s a good chance he won’t play his senior year.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer celebrates a tackle for loss against Hampton on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Fridley Field in Hampton..
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the defensive line
August 21, 2022
The athletes who play defensive line are maybe the most varied of any group in high school football.

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Gateway’s Brad Birch looks to throw during a preseason practice last year.
WPIAL Class 5A football breakdown: Gateway among teams trying to squeeze into tight playoff field
August 20, 2022
Earning a WPIAL playoff spot in Class 5A was never easy, but the task becomes a little harder this year.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Kade Capristo works out with linemates during practice on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, in Mt. Lebanon.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the offensive line
August 19, 2022
High school football teams deploy a variety of offensive schemes, from no-huddle spreads to the wing-T.

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Avonworth’s Peyton Faulkner works out on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Ohio Twp.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the tight ends
August 18, 2022
The storied history of WPIAL football often focuses on its legendary quarterbacks and, more recently, a string of standout defensive backs.

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Central Catholic’s Peter Gonzalez catches a pass before the Vikings game against North Allegheny on Sept. 24, 2021, in McCandless.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the wide receivers
August 17, 2022
How’s this for a good quarterback-receiver combination?

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin returns a kick against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the running backs
August 16, 2022
Take a look at the WPIAL rushing leaders from last season and you’ll notice four state champions.

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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen throws during the Willie Thrower quarterbacks camp Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Valley High School.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
The race for the 2021 WPIAL passing title was a three-way battle between Gateway’s Brad Birch, Beaver Falls’ Jaren Brickner and Armstrong’s Cadin Olsen.

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Mt. Lebanon football players carry the WPIAL trophy around Norwin’s stadium after their win in the WPIAL Class 6A final Nov. 20, 2021.
WPIAL reveals fall championship sites: football finals at Acrisure Stadium, Norwin
August 15, 2022
The WPIAL has chosen Norwin to host the Class 5A and 6A football finals, the two championship games that won’t be played at Acrisure Stadium this year.

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Mars’ Jack Hull works out on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Adams.
Mars slowly but surely acclimating to coach Eric Kasperowicz’s system
August 14, 2022
A new coach, a new quarterback and a new playbook.

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Central Valley’s Brett FitzSimmons takes a hand-off from Steve Rutherford during practice on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Center.
With 3rd straight WPIAL title secured, Central Valley’s goals don’t change
August 13, 2022
The Heinz Field clock was ticking down last fall on Central Valley’s third consecutive WPIAL title when coach Mark Lyons was approached by longtime assistant Shawn McCreary.

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Aliquippa’s Marques Council Jr. works out on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Aliquippa.
Expectations soar as defending state champ Aliquippa brings back loaded roster
After winning WPIAL and state championships, expectations couldn’t be any higher for an Aliquippa football team that brings almost everyone back.

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Woodland Hills lineman Kellen McDonough works out on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, at the Wolvarena.
Woodland Hills still running with the big dogs in Class 5A
August 12, 2022
Woodland Hills could’ve dropped down two classifications this season because of a statewide change in how enrollment numbers are counted, but the Wolverines declined.

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Gateway’s offensive lineman Matt Brooks leads teammates in a huddle during team practice on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at Gateway Senior High School.
Bolstered by improved offensive line, Gateway builds confidence for run at WPIAL title
August 11, 2022
Gateway’s offensive line was pushed around at times last season by some of the best defensive fronts in the WPIAL, but the Gators say they’re ready to bite back.

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South Fayette’s Nate Deanes carries the ball during practice on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in South Fayette.
South Fayette looks to turn hard-luck losses into conference wins
August 10, 2022
There was a zero in the wins column, but South Fayette’s conference record didn’t tell the entire story.

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Peters Township receiver Brendan McCullough catches a pass on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Peters.
Short on seniors, Peters Township looks for next wave to take over
Senior night promises to be a short affair at Peters Township.

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Mars head coach Eric Kasperowicz works with Rafael Bartley on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at Mars Athletic Complex .
New football coach Eric Kasperowicz wants to repeat Pine-Richland success at Mars
August 8, 2022
Last names were written on strips of tape and stuck to the forehead of Mars football helmets, a tool to help new coach Eric Kasperowicz and his assistants learn the names a little quicker.

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Chapman Field at Cumberland Valley High School
Countdown to kickoff 2022: Cumberland Valley out to show it’s the right site (at the right price) for PIAA finals
August 4, 2022
When the PIAA awarded the state football championships to Cumberland Valley, the sudden exit from Hersheypark Stadium caught most by surprise.

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WPIAL rules Thomas Jefferson QB ineligible, approves 2 South Fayette transfers
August 1, 2022
Thomas Jefferson quarterback Luke Kosko, a transfer from Seton LaSalle, was ruled ineligible for the upcoming football season after a hearing Monday with the WPIAL board.

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Former WPIAL director organizes P3R youth track event at RMU Island Sports Center
Put away the stopwatches.

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Seneca Valley’s Chris D’Appolonia has committed to Toledo.
Summer camp success has Seneca Valley linebacker Chris D’Appolonia committed to ‘dream school’
July 31, 2022
A broken hand sidelined Seneca Valley linebacker Chris D’Appolonia for a couple of weeks last season and limited his game film, so he was determined this summer to show recruiters his full potential.

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Brashear’s Kameron Cheatom plays against Allderdice on Oct. 21, 2021, at Cupples Stadium.
As Brashear’s other D1 linebacker, Kameron Cheatom ready to make a name for himself
July 28, 2022
On many other football teams, Kameron Cheatom would be the most talked about player on the roster. At Brashear, that title rightfully belongs to teammate Ta’Mere Robinson, the top-ranked recruit in Pennsylvania.

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Aliquippa’s Antonyo “Sunny” Anderson watches from the sideline during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Belle Vernon on Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL approves extra year of eligibility for Aliquippa athlete injured in shooting
July 25, 2022
The WPIAL approved an extra year of eligibility for Aliquippa’s Antonyo “Sunny” Anderson, a multi-sport athlete who was seriously injured in a shooting 14 months ago.

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Ayden Owens-Delerme competes in the decathlon javelin throw at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday in Eugene, Ore.
Former North Allegheny decathlete Ayden Owens-Delerme finishes 4th at World Championships
Since his days running track at North Allegheny, Ayden Owens-Delerme has talked about winning world titles and Olympic medals. This weekend, the NCAA champion decathlete made his World Championships debut and proved those dreams aren’t too far off.

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WPIAL president Scott Seltzer at the 2022 PIAA basketball state championships in Hershey.
Q&A with new WPIAL executive director Scott Seltzer
July 24, 2022
Scott Seltzer had decided his time with the WPIAL was ending this summer after 13 years on the board and six as board president.

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Medals are shown at the WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
WPIAL administrator: High school NIL deals could lead to manipulation
July 19, 2022
Name, Image and Likeness deals could improve the lives of some high school athletes, but there’s also real concern about manipulation by misguided adults, says the WPIAL’s top administrator.

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Queens University pitcher Tanner Jacobson, an Allderdice graduate, was drafted in the 10th round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
St. Louis Cardinals draft former Allderdice pitcher Tanner Jacobson in 10th round
Allderdice graduate Tanner Jacobson on Monday became the first player in the short history of Queens University baseball to be picked in the MLB Draft.

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Cam Weston pitches for Michigan against Texas Tech on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.
Baltimore Orioles draft former Canon-McMillan pitcher Cameron Weston
July 18, 2022
Former Canon-McMillan star Cameron Weston, who helped win WPIAL and PIAA baseball titles in 2018, was selected Monday in the eighth round of the MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young is the sixth WPIAL player in eight years picked in the first round of the MLB Draft.
Seattle Mariners select North Allegheny’s Cole Young in 1st round of MLB Draft
July 17, 2022
Cole Young was introduced to the baseball world as an MLB Pitch, Hit & Run winner in 2014, hinting then that the 10-year-old from Franklin Park might have a bright future ahead.

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North Allegheny grad Ayden Owens-Delerme, an NCAA champion decathlete, will compete in the World Athletics Championships on July 23-24 in Eugene, Ore.
Amazing year for North Allegheny grad Ayden Owens-Delerme continues at World Championships
July 16, 2022
Ayden Owens-Delerme appears nowadays on TV commercials in Arkansas for a local hospital system, but the recent NCAA decathlon champion is ready to take his track talents global.

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The Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team poses for a photo on Friday, July 15, 2022 at Kennywood.
TribLive HSSN Preseason Football All-Stars gather, excited for fresh faces
July 15, 2022
Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen is a three-year starter, but like many football players across the WPIAL, the senior has a little sense of unfamiliarity heading into the fall.

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Brashear’s Ta’Mere Robinson committed to Penn State on Friday at Willie Stargell Field in Homewood.
Brashear linebacker Ta’Mere Robinson chooses Penn State after Nittany Lions ‘stuck with me’
While on his official visit to Penn State, Ta’Mere Robinson had dinner with other recruits and each was asked to stand and introduce himself. Caught up in the moment, the Brashear senior admits he nearly got carried away.

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The PIAA may expand its competitive-balance rule to include all team sports.
PIAA may strengthen competitive-balance rule by adding all team sports, removing transfers
July 14, 2022
The PIAA appears ready to rewrite its competitive-balance rule to include all team sports while also making it easier to force successful teams into a higher classification.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young is projected to go in the first round of the MLB Draft.
MLB Draft ‘starting to feel real’ for North Allegheny’s Cole Young
Rather than fly to Los Angeles, Cole Young will spend Sunday closer to home, watching the MLB Draft on television, maybe from his house in Franklin Park. The recent North Allegheny graduate was invited to attend draft festivities on the West Coast, but the likely first-round pick wasn’t lured by the bright lights.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli hoists the state championship trophy with his Warriors teammates after defeating Imhotep Charter, 17-14 in overtime, in the PIAA Class 5A final on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA moves closer to allowing NIL deals for high school athletes
July 13, 2022
Local TV commercials might feature high school football players or a popular basketball star could sell ads on social media.

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Central Valley coach Mark Lyons celebrates with his team while receiving the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating North C atholic in Class 3A final on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
No more ‘Highway to Heinz,’ but WPIAL plans to hold 4 football finals at Acrisure Stadium
July 11, 2022
The WPIAL football playoffs no longer can be called the “Highway to Heinz,” but the league plans to use the newly named North Shore stadium again this fall for some of its high school football championships.

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North Allegheny head coach Dan Schall gives instructions next to his son, Caleb, during their game against Seneca Valley on April 22.
16-time WPIAL champion boys volleyball coach Dan Schall steps down at North Allegheny
July 9, 2022
Walking away from a defending state champion can be a tough call for a coach, but North Allegheny’s Dan Schall found it “maybe a bit easier” after winning four in a row the way his Tigers just did.

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes scores his second touchdown of the fourth quarter past Bishop McDevitt’s Ryan Russo during the PIAA Class 4A championship game on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes
July 5, 2022
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger looks to throw during practice Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 at Penn Hills High School.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Penn Hills’ Julian Dugger
July 4, 2022
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan celebrates after the Foxes scored late in the fourth quarter against Central Catholic on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at Alumni Hall in Oakland.
Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan named 2021-22 Trib HSSN Boys Athlete of the Year
As Eli Yofan celebrated on the 18th green at Cedarbrook Golf Course last fall, a thought unrelated to golf came into his head. He’d just shot a 1-under par round, leading Fox Chapel to a WPIAL team title, but his mind was already on winter.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele scores past Constitution’s Jamal Carr during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN top storylines from the 2021-22 school year
July 2, 2022
Nov. 19-20, 2021

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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen throws during 7 on 7 completion on July 7, 2021 at Freeport Area High School.
Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen commits to Ivy League school
July 1, 2022
Armstrong’s Cadin Olsen, a dual-threat quarterback and one of the WPIAL’s top passers, committed Friday to Penn.

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Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey intercepts a pass and returns it for a touchdown during the PIAA Class 4A championship game against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Beaver pitcher Payton List delivers against Elizabeth-Forward during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Friday, June 3, 2022, at California University.
Beaver’s Payton List, Mt. Lebanon’s Deirdre Flaherty top all-state softball awards
June 30, 2022
Mt. Lebanon catcher Deirdre Flaherty and Beaver pitcher Payton List topped the list of players earning all-state honors Thursday from the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher talks with Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock after the coin toss before a game last season.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher
June 29, 2022
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Bethel Park pitcher Evan Holewinski is mobbed by teammates after the final out in the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Selinsgrove on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Penn State.
2022 Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Year: Bethel Park’s Evan Holewinski
June 27, 2022
2022 Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Year

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Neshannock pitcher Addyson Frye delivers against Frazier during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Friday, June 3, 2022, at California University.
2022 TribLive HSSN Softball All-Stars
June 26, 2022
In WPIAL softball, there’s no requirement for underclassmen to wait their turn.

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Peters Twp.’s Sam Miller celebrates as he scores the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Penn-Trafford in their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
2022 TribLive HSSN Baseball All-Stars
This was a good year around the WPIAL for dominant pitchers and slick-fielding shortstops.

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North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu smiles during practice in McCandless.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu
June 24, 2022
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Bethel Park pitcher Evan Holewinski is mobbed by teammates after the final out in the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Selinsgrove on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Penn State.
Evan Holewinski pitches 3-hitter, Bethel Park wins back-to-back PIAA titles
June 17, 2022
UNIVERSITY PARK — Rarely does a WPIAL baseball team have a chance to win consecutive state titles, so Bethel Park tried to remember and repeat everything that worked a year ago.

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Montour seniors Mason Sike and Ryan Gallagher accept the state championship trophy after defeating Holy Ghost, 10-9, in the PIAA Class 4A final on Thursday, June 16, 2022, at Penn State.
7th-inning rally lifts Montour baseball to 1st state championship
June 16, 2022
UNIVERSITY PARK — This was a scene Montour senior Ryan Gallagher and his teammates had thought about for years, one where they’re together at Penn State celebrating a state baseball championship on the infield grass.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings and North Catholic’s Matt Gregor watch a shot during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal against North Catholic on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Cranberry.
WPIAL notebook: Class 4A boys basketball crowded with champions after realignment
June 13, 2022
Lincoln Park and North Catholic have met in the WPIAL boys basketball finals four times in the past six seasons, but they won’t wait that long to face one another again.

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The Bishop Canevin boys basketball team celebrates with the WPIAL Class A championship trophy in March.
WPIAL approves new basketball sections without addressing public-private concerns
The WPIAL considered some radical ideas such as splitting public and private school basketball teams into separate sections, but ultimately decided that’s a debate for another day.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer scores past Gateway’s Carsen Engleka during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville.
Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer commits to Wisconsin
About two months after restarting his recruiting process, Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer committed Sunday to Wisconsin.

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North Allegheny’s Caleb Schall listens to instructions from his dad, coach Dan Schall, against Seneca Valley in April.
Schalls share final memorable season with North Allegheny boys volleyball
June 11, 2022
Caleb Schall comes from a family where his parents and two uncles played college volleyball, his grandfather won state volleyball titles as a high school coach and his dad now leads powerhouse North Allegheny.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Dorn finishes a kill shot past Seneca Valley’s Aidan Uher in the WPIAL Class 3A boys championship May 25.
North Allegheny boys volleyball draws PIAA championship rematch with Central Dauphin
June 10, 2022
Some things seem to never change.

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Bethel Park pitcher Evan Holewinski (15) is mobbed by teammates after defeating West Allegheny in their PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal on Thursday at W&J.
Bethel Park eliminates West Allegheny, keeps alive hopes for PIAA championship repeat
June 9, 2022
Bethel Park has seen this story before: The baseball team comes up short in the WPIAL playoffs only to bounce back stronger in the state tournament behind a talented pitcher recruited to Kent State.

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Cumberland Valley’s Logan Sauve scores on a wild pitch past Mt. Lebanon pitcher David Shields during their PIAA Class 6A first round state playoff game on Monday at West Mifflin.
Don’t blame ‘WPIAL hangover’ for this PIAA 1st-round loss, says Mt. Lebanon coach
June 6, 2022
The Mt. Lebanon baseball team was on the practice field for a rare early-morning, split-squad scrimmage Saturday, just a few days after winning the WPIAL title. The Blue Devils had six days to get ready for their state playoff opener and tried to use them to their fullest.

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Neshannock’s Neleh Nogay carries the WPIAL championship trophy through the handshake line after the Class 2A final against Frazier on Friday at Cal (Pa.).
Neshannock tops Frazier in WPIAL championship clash of undefeated 2A teams
June 3, 2022
Whenever a Neshannock batter stepped into the Lilley Field batter’s box Friday, a peculiar shout sometimes came from the dugout: Smile.

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Beaver pitcher Payton List celebrates a strikeout with Kayla Cornell during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal against Freeport on Monday, May 23, 2022, at Mars.
WPIAL postpones Thursday softball championship games to Friday
June 2, 2022
The WPIAL took a look at the weather forecast and decided to postpone its three softball finals from Thursday to Friday.

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West Allegheny’s Anthony Raineri celebrates after driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning against Peters Twp. during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Wild Things Park.
West Allegheny outlasts Peters Township to win school’s 5th WPIAL championship
June 1, 2022
Not much has come easy this season for West Allegheny, a team that battled through injuries and plenty of inconvenience to reach Wild Things Park.

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Mt. Lebanon pitcher Jack Smith hoists the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Upper St. Clair, 2-1, in the Class 6A final on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Wild Things Park.
Mt. Lebanon squeezes past Upper St. Clair for 1st WPIAL title since 2006
May 31, 2022
Mt. Lebanon waited 16 years for this celebration, so another hour and a half didn’t matter.

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New Castle’s Maria Owens won the long jump at the PIAA Class 3A track and field championships May 28, 2022, at Shippensburg University.
New Castle’s Maria Owens turns triple jump frustration into PIAA long jump gold
May 29, 2022
SHIPPENSBURG — New Castle senior Maria Owens was upset with herself a day earlier after a 17th-place finish in the triple jump, disappointed largely by a foul on a big jump.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran flashes as three with her right hand after winning the PIAA 3A girls 800m. She was the first to win the 800m, 1600m and the 3200m runs at the state track meet Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Shippensburg University.
Moon’s Mia Cochran wins unprecedented ‘triple’ at PIAA championships, celebrates team title alone
May 28, 2022
Moon Area’s Mia Cochran admits the competitor in her likes a challenge, but she hasn’t found many on the track recently.

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Eden Christian’s Sean Atkins won the PIAA Class 2A 3,200-meter run Saturday, May 28, 2022, at Shippensburg University.
WPIAL runners sweep 3,200-meter races at PIAA championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Eden Christian’s Sean Aiken attempted the 3,200 meters for the first time a couple of months ago, and he really didn’t like running nearly two miles.

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Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy is shoulder to shoulder with Schuylkill Valley’s Luke Seymour after the first lap of the 800 meters at the PIAA Class 2A championship.
Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy celebrates another come-from-behind win at PIAA championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Carson McCoy apologized after his latest come-from-behind victory, knowing he’d just ruthlessly dashed the hopes of the same opponent for the third time.

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Shenango’s Emma Callahan ties the PIAA Class 2A championship record with a winning throw in the girls shot put Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Shippensburg University.
Shenango thrower Emma Callahan ties shot put record at PIAA championships
SHIPPENSBURG — The target distance on Shenango thrower Emma Callahan’s mind was 50 feet, 10¾ inches, which was the state championship record for girls shot put in Class 2A.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran runs away from the competition and defends her 1,600-meter title at the PIAA Class 3A championship Friday, May 27, 2022, at Shippensburg University.
Moon’s Mia Cochran wins 1,600 meters, wants 2 more golds at busy PIAA championship
May 27, 2022
SHIPPENSBURG — After defending her state 1,600-meter title Friday morning, Moon’s Mia Cochran revealed the top item on her afternoon agenda.

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Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy defends his Class 2A state title in the 1,600 meters at the PIAA track championship Friday, May 27, 2022 at Shippensburg University.
Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy defends 1,600-meter title at PIAA championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Carson McCoy maybe isn’t a front runner, yet the Deer Lakes senior usually crosses the finish line first.

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Shenango’s Emma Callahan swept the discus and shot put at the WPIAL Class 2A championships May 18, 2022, at Slippery Rock University.
As Emma Callahan chases shot put records, spotlight shines on Shenango’s success
May 26, 2022
From Emma Callahan’s view, she’d just set a WPIAL championship record, but the Shenango shot putter also knew it’s hard to see from the circle.

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Laurel Highlands quarterback Rodney Gallagher rolls out to pass during a game against Belle Vernon on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at James Weir Stadium in Rostraver.
Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher commits to play football at West Virginia
May 25, 2022
Keeping his family close was important to Rodney Gallagher, so he did what countless other Western Pennsylvania football recruits have done and committed to his hometown team.

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WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
Bethel Park hires former WPIAL basketball star Dante Calabria as boys coach
Dante Calabria, a former WPIAL basketball star who won a national championship at North Carolina, was hired Tuesday as boys coach at Bethel Park.

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No. 1 Mt. Lebanon breaks ‘curse’ with quarterfinal win over Seneca Valley
May 23, 2022
A seventh-inning curveball glanced off Mt. Lebanon catcher Paul Connolly’s mitt and rolled away, causing a moment of panic since there was a runner on third and a one-run lead.

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Pine-Richland’s Luke Rudolph brings it home for the win in the boys Class 3A 400-meter relay during the WPIAL track and field championships Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Slippery Rock University.
Pine-Richland relay sprints to school record, WPIAL gold medal
May 22, 2022
Luke Rudolph insisted he’s not as fast as the relay runner he replaced, but the results say otherwise.

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North Catholic’s Trevor Paschall wins the boys 100-meter dash during WPIAL Class 2A track and field championship Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Slippery Rock University.
North Catholic sprinter Trevor Paschall’s season in question after WPIAL championship injury
May 19, 2022
North Catholic’s Trevor Paschall is usually sprinting around the WPIAL track championships faster than most anybody, but Wednesday he accepted help from a teammate just to walk.

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Moon Area’s Mia Cochran wins the girls 1,600 meters during WPIAL Class 3A track and field championship Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Slippery Rock University.
Moon’s Mia Cochran adding to track legacy by winning 3 WPIAL individual titles
May 18, 2022
What more could Mia Cochran have to prove?

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North Allegheny’s Wren Kucler passes the baton to sister Robin Kucler in the girls 3,200-meter relay during the WPIAL Class 3A team track and field championships Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Life journey of North Allegheny runners Wren and Robin Kucler covers thousands of miles
As an 8-year-old, Wren Kucler told her mom she wanted to run around the house 100 times. That’s a lot of running for a little girl, but her mom Deanna saw no reason to discourage her, so she said, “Go ahead. Knock yourself out.”

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South Fayette’s Tyler Pitzer celebrates his RBI triple during a WPIAL Class 5A first round playoff game against Franklin Regional on Tuesday at Burkett Park.
South Fayette’s Tyler Pitzer dazzles Franklin Regional with 5-inning perfect game
This outing was perfect for South Fayette pitcher Tyler Pitzer in more ways than one.

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Medals are shown at the WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
WPIAL hires chief operating officer to ease workload of executive director
May 16, 2022
The role of the WPIAL executive director has changed over the years, with social media bringing more and more issues to the league’s attention, said outgoing director Amy Scheuneman.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young bats against Central Catholic on April 22.
WPIAL baseball playoff bracket breakdown
May 13, 2022
Favorite: Mt. Lebanon could win its first WPIAL baseball title since 2006. The Blue Devils started this season 1-4 before finding their stride in section play behind OF Tanner Donati (.435, 20 RBIs, 12 extra-base hits). They’ve won 10 of their past 12 games, including a 2-1 victory over North Allegheny. Seniors Derrick Shields and Jack Smith combined are 7-1 with 89 Ks in 61 innings. Shields is an IUP recruit and Smith is headed to Harvard.

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Montour’s Nick Walker rounds the bases on a 3-run triple against Quaker Valley on Friday, April 8, 2022, at Burkett Field in Robinson.
WPIAL announces 2022 baseball playoff brackets
Montour hasn’t won a WPIAL baseball title in 50 years, but the Spartans will start this year’s playoffs as the favorites in Class 4A.

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Armstrong’s Jenna Clontz is greeted at home plate by teammates after hitting a two-run home run against Franklin Regional on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Murrysville.
Defending champions Beaver, West Greene among No. 1 seeds in WPIAL softball playoffs
May 12, 2022
Two undefeated teams. Two more strong section champions. A defending WPIAL champion with only three losses.

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WPIAL reveals brackets for boys, girls lacrosse playoffs
The defending champion Mars boys and Shady Side Academy girls were among the four teams that earned top seeds in the WPIAL lacrosse playoff brackets revealed Thursday.

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Butler’s Presley Ornelas wins the boys 110-meter hurdles during the WPIAL Class 3A team track and field championships on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Butler boys dominate field, win WPIAL Class 3A team track title
May 11, 2022
The Butler boys arrived at the WPIAL team championships with a mission: eliminate any suspense about who might be the winner.

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Chartiers Valley head coach Tim McConnell yells from the bench during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Cardinal O’Hara on Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Tim McConnell accepts Bishop Canevin job after resigning as Chartiers Valley coach
Tim McConnell had walked into Chartiers Valley’s gym countless times, but the longtime basketball coach felt somewhat sentimental when he entered Tuesday morning.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero drives to the basket past Lincoln Park’s DeAndre Moye during their WPIAL Class 4A semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero commits to play basketball at Kentucky
May 8, 2022
Quaker Valley senior Adou Thiero committed Sunday to play basketball for Kentucky and coach John Calipari, who also coached Thiero’s father at Memphis in the early 2000s.

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Butler’s Devin Carney scores past Pine-Richland’s Luke Shanahan (left) and Jameson O’Toole during their game on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, in Pine.
WPIAL trio earns all-state honors in Class 6A boys basketball
The PIAA’s largest boys basketball classification is often dominated by Eastern Pennsylvania teams, but three WPIAL players made the all-state team for Class 6A.

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WPGAL founder Ruth Ann Burke will be inducted into the WPIAL hall of fame as part of the Class of 2022. It was announced Jan. 19, 2022, at the Sen. John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum in the Strip District.
WPIAL Hall of Fame inductee Burke blazed trail for women’s sports in Western Pennsylvania
May 7, 2022
The WPIAL has been around for more than 100 years, but the organization was exclusively for boys until Ruth Ann Burke and some like-minded colleagues insisted that must change.

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Pine-Richland pitcher Jacob McGuire delivers against North Allegheny on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in McCandless.
TribHSSN baseball rankings for May 8, 2022
Class 6A

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Burrell’s Bray Jones scores the only run of the game ahead of Freeport’s Sydney Selker in the fourth inning Thursday, May 5, 2022 at Charles A. Huston Middle School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending May 8, 2022
Class 6A

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North Allegheny pitcher Connor Smith delivers against Norwin on April 23, 2021, at Norwin High School.
‘Fearless’ Connor Smith emerges as North Allegheny’s ace
Connor Smith likes to experiment with his pitch grips, so when his favorite MLB pitcher shared a splitter setup on a podcast, the North Allegheny right-hander had to give it a try.

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Quaker Valley’s Nora Johns wins the girls 300-meter hurdles during the Baldwin Invitational on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Baldwin High School.
Rain soaks Baldwin Invitational but doesn’t dim Quaker Valley hurdler’s sunny outlook
A cold rain drenched everyone at the Baldwin Invitational, but Quaker Valley hurdler Nora Johns was among those not too bothered by the wet weather.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher scores against New Castle’s Mike Wells during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
WPIAL lands 3 players on Class 5A all-state boys basketball team
New Castle and Laurel Highlands combined for one of the most competitive WPIAL finals in recent memory, a matchup decided in double overtime by two last-second free throws.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero celebrates with head coach Mike Mastroianni after defeating Montour in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Quaker Valley teammates, coach Mike Mastroianni earn all-state honors in Class 4A
May 6, 2022
Adou Thiero and Markus Frank formed a dynamic duo for Quaker Valley, which celebrated the most successful boys basketball season in school history this winter.

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Steel Valley’s Makhai Valentine dunks against Seton LaSalle during a WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, at Fox Chapel High School.
Steel Valley’s Makhai Valentine among 4 all-state selections from WPIAL Class 3A
May 5, 2022
Steel Valley junior Makhai Valentine, who ranked among the WPIAL’s top scorers this winter, earned first-team all-state honors Thursday when the Class 3A awards were announced.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele scores past Constitution’s Jamal Carr during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
OLSH’s Jake DiMichele, coach Mike Rodriguez earn top honors on Class 2A all-state team
May 4, 2022
Jake DiMichele went three years without a loss as Our Lady of the Sacred Heart won its second state title this winter and tied a state record with a 68-game winning streak in a historic season. DiMichele, a senior, finished his high school career as the second-leading scorer in WPIAL history with 2,642 points.

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No shot clock for Pennsylvania high schools, says PIAA basketball committee
May 3, 2022
Time is running out for shot clock advocates.

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Hempfield’s Sidney Blachovec finishes ahead of Kiski Area’s Liza Miller in the girls 800-meter run April 30 at the Westmoreland County championships. The Hempfield and Kiski Area girls qualified for the WPIAL team track semifinals that were moved to Wednesday.
WPIAL postpones team track semifinals to Wednesday
The WPIAL postponed its team track semifinals to Wednesday because of an unfavorable weather forecast Tuesday that included afternoon rain and possible thunderstorms.

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Bishop Canevin’s Jaden Gales (left) celebrates with Kevaughn Price after scoring against North Catholic on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, at Bishop Canevin High School.
Bishop Canevin teammates, coach Gino Palmosina earn Class A boys basketball all-state honors
Bishop Canevin celebrated the school’s first boys basketball state title this winter and the Crusaders were rewarded for that accomplishment again Tuesday.

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All-state boys basketball teams to be announced this week starting with non-PIAA schools
May 2, 2022
The boys basketball all-state teams will be announced one classification per day this week starting with non-PIAA schools.

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West Greene’s Taylor Karvan slides under the tag of Tri-Valley catcher Brittany Rice during the 2021 PIAA Class A softball championship game.
Trib HSSN WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending May 1, 2022
April 30, 2022
Class 6A

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Jake Kendro and his Norwin teammates joined the WPIAL Class 6A rankings this week.
Trib HSSN WPIAL baseball rankings: Week ending May 1, 2022
Class 6A

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North Allegheny, 5 other schools join Steelers-sponsored girls flag football league
There’s a new high school football league in Western Pennsylvania sponsored by the Pittsburgh Steelers and created entirely for girls.

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Neshannock coach Luann Grybowski hugs seniors Neleh Nogay (right) and Addilae Watts after defeating Southern Columbia in the PIAA Class 2A championship game.
21 WPIAL girls basketball players earn all-state honors, Neshannock’s Luann Grybowski named top coach
April 28, 2022
Twenty-one WPIAL girls basketball players earned all-state honors Thursday, and Neshannock’s Luann Grybowski was named Class 2A Coach of the Year after leading the Lancers to a state championship this winter.

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Oklahoma State’s Reagan Wright, left, scores behind James Madison catcher Lauren Bernett, right, on a ball hit by Chelsea Alexander in the fifth inning of an NCAA Women’s College World Series softball game, Friday, June 4, 2021, in Oklahoma City.
Former South Fayette softball player Lauren Bernett dies
April 26, 2022
The James Madison softball program Tuesday was mourning the death of sophomore catcher Lauren Bernett, a South Fayette graduate who helped the Dukes reach the College World Series a year ago.

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WPIAL board president Scott Seltzer, shown distributing gold medals to Neshannock head coach Luann Grybowski and her team after the PIAA Class 2A championship game March 25 in Hershey, will take over as executive director this summer.
WPIAL hires board president Scott Seltzer as executive director
April 25, 2022
WPIAL board president Scott Seltzer will take over as executive director this summer, replacing outgoing director Amy Scheuneman as the league’s top administrator.

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Laurel Highlands quarterback Rodney Gallagher rolls out to pass during a game against Belle Vernon on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at James Weir Stadium in Rostraver.
Pitt, Penn State, WVU among college finalists for Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher
April 24, 2022
Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia remain in the hunt for Laurel Highland’s Rodney Gallagher, the state’s top football recruit in the 2023 class.

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Armstrong’s Maggie Cypher scores against Franklin Regional on April 20. The River Hawks slid out of the top spot in Class 5A this week.
TribHSSN WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending April 24, 2022
April 23, 2022
Class 6A

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Montour’s Brock Janeda celebrates after tagging out Quaker Valley’s Nick Allen at second base during an April 8 game. The Spartans are ranked No. 1 in Class 4A.
TribHSSN WPIAL baseball rankings: Week ending April 24, 2022
Class 6A

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Bishop Canevin head coach Gino Palmosina watches from the bench next to Jhamil Fife during the PIAA Class A state championship game against St. John Neumann on March 24, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Gino Palmosina resigns at Canevin weeks after winning PIAA boys basketball title
April 22, 2022
Boys basketball coach Gino Palmosina is a candidate for a job elsewhere, so he resigned Thursday from alma mater Bishop Canevin, where he won WPIAL and state titles this winter.

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Bishop Canevin football coach Richard Johnson watches a preseason practice last year.
Simmering public vs. private dispute leads Bishop Canevin contingent to protest at Carlynton track meet
April 21, 2022
The always-contentious public vs. private debate usually sticks to high school football and basketball, but a track meet became the backdrop for an unprecedented student protest.

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Samantha Kern (left) and Robin Anderson battle for the puck during the South West girls hockey team’s practice Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at Ice Castle in Castle Shannon.
Delayed 2 years by pandemic, PIHL adds girls division for high school hockey
April 17, 2022
Morgan Black was the leading scorer on a national championship hockey team this winter, but she has never worn her high school’s logo on any jersey. That’s because for a girl to play high school hockey in Western Pennsylvania, she always had to play against the boys.

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Hempfield’s Olivia Kline plays against Penn-Trafford last season.
Trib HSSN softball rankings for April 16, 2022
April 16, 2022
Class 6A

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Colin Marinpetro and his West Allegheny teammates celebrate after defeating South Fayette, 11-10, in the bottom of the 11th inning on Thursday.
Trib HSSN baseball rankings for April 16, 2022
Class 6A

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Swimmer Jacquelyn Du was announced as a member of this year’s North Allegheny Athletic Hall of Fame.
North Allegheny Athletic Hall of Fame class offers tribute to 50th anniversary of Title IX
State champion swimmer Jacquelyn Du and record-setting field hockey player Emily Humiston are among 11 individuals chosen for induction into the North Allegheny Athletic Hall of Fame this year.

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WPIAL executive director Amy Scheuneman poses for a photo after a WPIAL board meeting June 18, 2020, at Chartiers Valley.
WPIAL executive director Amy Scheuneman joining Pittsburgh Marathon organizer P3R
April 15, 2022
WPIAL executive director Amy Scheuneman is leaving her job as the district’s top administrator to join P3R, which organizes races in Western Pennsylvania, including the Pittsburgh Marathon.

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WPIAL executive director, Amy Scheuneman, speaks to student athletes on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 during the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.
Amy Scheuneman resigning as WPIAL executive director after spring sports championships
April 14, 2022
Amy Scheuneman’s tenure as WPIAL executive director is ending this spring after two years.

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Bishop Canevin’s Kevaughn Price celebrates next to Union’s Cam Taylor as time expires in the WPIAL Class A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
WPIAL athletic directors want basketball sections divided by ability not enrollment
What if basketball sections were determined by a team’s talent level rather than its school enrollment?

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WPIAL notebook: Kiski Area doesn’t want to share section with Penn Hills
April 13, 2022
The racially charged dispute between Penn Hills and Kiski Area wasn’t resolved, so the WPIAL may keep those teams apart in future years.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco celebrates after scoring against Kiski Area during a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at Franklin Regional High School.
WPIAL announces James Collins Scholar/Athlete Award winners
The WPIAL on Wednesday announced winners of the James Collins Scholar/Athlete Awards. This is the 31st year for the awards, which include a $1,000 scholarship for each recipient.

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Former Pine Richland head coach Eric Kasperowicz at Pitt practice on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 at UPMC Rooney Sports Performance Complex.
Mars hires former Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz
April 12, 2022
Only four miles separate the football stadiums of Pine-Richland and Mars, but the journey that took Eric Kasperowicz from one to the other followed a winding road.

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Former Pine Richland head coach Eric Kasperowicz at Pitt practice on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 at UPMC Rooney Sports Performance Complex.
Football coach Eric Kasperowicz poised to make WPIAL return at Mars
April 11, 2022
Mars is prepared to hire football coach Eric Kasperowicz, bringing the two-time state champion coach back to the WPIAL a year after his ouster at Pine-Richland.

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Yough softball coach Dutch Harvey talks to pitcher Emma Augustine between innings of a scrimmage March 22 against Latrobe.
Trib HSSN softball rankings for April 9, 2022
April 9, 2022
Class 6A

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Montour pitcher Mason Sike delivers in the rain against Quaker Valley on Friday, April 8, 2022, at Burkett Field in Robinson.
Trib HSSN baseball rankings for April 9, 2022
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Anne Melle is being counted upon as a pitcher and as one of the Tigers’ top hitters.
North Allegheny softball team confident after strong start to 2022 season
Morgan Vescovi was hired as North Allegheny’s softball coach in 2019, but counting seasons is always a tricky task because the pandemic erased 2020.

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Football coach Dan Knause went 18-30 in five seasons at Chartiers Valley.
Trinity hires former Chartiers Valley football coach Dan Knause
April 8, 2022
After working five years to build up his alma mater’s football program, coach Dan Knause will take on a new project elsewhere.

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Lacrosse officials demand pay increase in disruptive dispute with WPIAL schools
April 6, 2022
A number of Western Pennsylvania boys lacrosse officials are taking a timeout from working varsity games unless WPIAL schools give them a pay raise.

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North Catholic hired former college basketball assistant coach Bill Barton as athletic director.
North Catholic hires former Pitt, Duquesne basketball assistant as athletic director
April 5, 2022
Bill Barton, a former assistant college basketball coach at Pitt and Duquesne, is returning to Western Pennsylvania as athletic director at North Catholic.

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WPIAL lacrosse match rescheduled after officials decline to accept assignment
A simmering discontent by officials about pay and travel forced Trinity to reschedule a boys lacrosse game, but the WPIAL was optimistic the season won’t be disrupted by a widespread work stoppage.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero carries the WPIAL championship trophy from the court after defeating Montour in Class 4A final on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero named 2022 TribLive HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Year
April 4, 2022
2022 TribLive HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Year

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele scores past Constitution’s Jamal Carr during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
2022 TribLive HSSN Boys Basketball All-Stars | Terrific 10
This was a history-making year for WPIAL boys basketball with Our Lady of the Sacred Heart leading the way.

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South Fayette’s Maddie Webber shoots a 3-pointer against McKeesport during a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
2022 TribLive HSSN Girls Basketball All-Stars | Terrific 10
This season marked the end of an era for some WPIAL girls basketball programs or maybe just the beginning for others.

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TribHSSN baseball rankings for April 2, 2022
April 2, 2022
Class 6A

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TribHSSN softball rankings for April 2, 2022
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young celebrates with teammates after scoring against Butler during the 2021 WPIAL Class 6A semifinals.
With big-time talent, North Allegheny baseball team sets big goals
At least a dozen pro scouts watched North Allegheny’s baseball scrimmage, an early indication the Tigers have an eventful season ahead.

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Butler coach Eric Christy talks with his players during a 2019 practice.
Butler files lawsuit against PIAA in fight over District 10 football playoffs
March 31, 2022
The WPIAL has no grounds to ban the Butler football team from the District 10 playoffs, says a lawsuit the school district has filed against the PIAA.

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PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi talks with Michael Hawkins (right) during the state basketball championships Saturday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Philadelphia basketball teams are here to stay in PIAA, says District 12 chairman
Philadelphia teams joined the PIAA basketball playoffs less than two decades ago, and District 12’s top administrator says his schools are here to stay, despite any wishful thinking by opponents.

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New Castle’s Mike Wells reacts after hitting a three-pointer against Imhotep Charter during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA to survey schools about adding basketball shot clock in 2024
March 30, 2022
Reset the clock.

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A shot clock sits above a basket during an NCAA college basketball game between Maryland and Butler in College Park, Md.
PIAA basketball committee readies for shot clock discussion this week
March 29, 2022
Shot clock or no shot clock?

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PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi talks with Michael Hawkins (right) during the state basketball championships Saturday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Philadelphia basketball teams are here to stay in PIAA, says District 12 chairman
March 28, 2022
Philadelphia teams joined the PIAA basketball playoffs less than two decades ago, but District 12’s top administrator says his schools are here to stay, despite any wishful thinking by opponents.

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Chartiers Valley football coach Dan Knause walks the sideline during a game against Montour on Oct. 29, 2021, at Chartiers Valley.
Chartiers Valley football coach Dan Knause resigns after 5 seasons for job elsewhere
Chartiers Valley football coach Dan Knause is a candidate for a job elsewhere, so he resigned Monday after five seasons with the Colts.

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Aliquippa head coach Nick Lackovich watches the final seconds of the game with his starters during the PIAA Class 3A state championship against Devon Prep on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Public school criticism of state basketball playoffs ‘sour grapes,’ says PIAA director
Traditional public schools won only two of the 12 state basketball titles celebrated this weekend in Hershey, the fewest since the PIAA expanded the sport to six classifications in 2016.

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Aliquippa’s Demarkus Walker watches as Devon Prep celebrates as time expires in the PIAA Class 3A championship game Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Long scoreless stretch dashes Aliquippa’s hopes for state basketball title
March 26, 2022
HERSHEY — Aliquippa reached the state finals with four sophomores in the starting lineup, and that youth maybe showed itself at the worst time.

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Freedom’s Shaye Bailey drives to the basket against Neumann-Goretti’s Mihjae Hayes during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Freedom falls to Neumann-Goretti in 1st state championship appearance
HERSHEY – Freedom wanted to win a state title in its first trip to Hershey, but the championship trophy went home with a team that already owned four.

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Freedom’s Renae Mohrbacher brings the ball upcourt during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on March 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
2022 PIAA Class 3A girls basketball championship breakdown: Freedom vs. Neumann-Goretti
PIAA Class 3A girls basketball final

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Aliquippa’s D.J. Walker (3) and Demarkus Walker celebrate after defeating South Allegheny, 57-55, in their PIAA Class 3A state semifinal on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Highlands High School.
2022 PIAA Class 3A boys basketball championship breakdown: Aliquippa vs. Devon Prep
PIAA Class 3A boys basketball final

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New Castle’s Mike Wells carries the runner-up trophy from the court after the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Imhotep Charter on Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Nationally ranked Imhotep Charter dashes New Castle’s hopes for state championship
March 25, 2022
HERSHEY — New Castle wanted to hold for the final shot of the first half, yet Imhotep Charter grabbed a rebound, hit a buzzer-beating 3 and ran to the locker room up 11.

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OLSH’s Bryson Kirschner (4) and Dawson Summers celebrate after defeating Constitution in the PIAA Class 2A championship game Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
OLSH wins historic PIAA title, ties state record with 68 straight wins
HERSHEY — “Historic” is now the perfect word to describe Our Lady of the Sacred Heart’s dominance.

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New Castle’s Mike Wells dunks during the fourth quarter of a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal against Gateway on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
2022 PIAA Class 5A boys basketball championship breakdown: New Castle vs. Imhotep Charter
PIAA Class 5A boys basketball final

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele scores against Avonworth’s Peyton Faulkner during their game on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, in Moon.
2022 PIAA Class 2A boys basketball championship breakdown: OLSH vs. Constitution
PIAA Class 2A boys basketball final

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero stands with Jack Gardinier after receiving their runner-up medals following the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Neumann-Goretti on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Quaker Valley falls to Philadelphia power Neumann-Goretti in state finals
March 24, 2022
HERSHEY — Adou Thiero blocked three first-quarter shots, Quaker Valley scored 11 consecutive points and the Quakers held a slim lead over an eight-time state champion.

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Bishop Canevin’s Jhamil Fife and Kevaughn Price celebrate with the state championship trophy after defeating St. John Neumann in the PIAA Class A boys final on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Balanced attack earns Bishop Canevin 1st PIAA boys basketball title
HERSHEY — This state championship celebration was years in the making for Bishop Canevin, with some waiting longer than others to see the Crusaders finally win one.

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Quaker Valley’s Markus Frank scores against Montour during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
2022 PIAA Class 4A boys basketball championship breakdown: Quaker Valley vs. Neumann-Goretti
PIAA Class 4A boys basketball final

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer celebrates a tackle for loss against Hampton on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Fridley Field in Hampton..
Potential NFL path draws Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer to Boston College
March 23, 2022
Jordan Mayer is very good at getting his arms around quarterbacks, but when the Thomas Jefferson junior committed to Boston College, he was the one wrapped up.

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Aliquippa’s D.J. Walker (3) celebrates with Jayace Williams after defeating South Allegheny, 57-55, in their PIAA Class 3A state semifinal on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Highlands High School.
PIAA semifinal win gives Aliquippa chance for rare football-basketball championship double
March 19, 2022
Aliquippa is headed to Hershey for the second time in three months, chasing after a rare football-basketball double state championship.

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North Allegheny’s Leyna Rumpler finished second in the 2022 state girls wrestling tournament on March 13, 2022.
Rumpler 2nd-place finish at states a boon for North Allegheny girls wrestling team
North Allegheny didn’t have a girls wresting team two years ago, yet the Tigers saw a girl finish second in the state this winter.

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New Castle head coach Ralph Blundo greets Mike Wells as he exits their game against Aliquippa on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, at Aliquippa High School.
Mike Wells shakes off sore elbow, leads New Castle to 1st PIAA finals since ’14
March 18, 2022
Mike Wells’ elbow was still hurting him, but that didn’t hide his happiness as New Castle fans rained Hershey’s Kisses on the Red Hurricanes’ postgame celebration.

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Chartiers Valley head coach Tim McConnell celebrates with Perri Page and Aislin Malcolm during their Section 1-5A game against Moon on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Chartiers Valley High School.
PIAA reveals sites, times for state basketball semifinals
March 17, 2022
Peters Township will host a PIAA semifinal Saturday between the Chartiers Valley and McKeesport girls, one of four all-WPIAL pairings in the final four of the state basketball tournament.

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Aliquippa’s D.J. Walker scores past Avonworth’s Austin Johncour a PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal Wednesday at New Castle.
Aliquippa finds ‘happy balance,’ tops Avonworth for 3rd time in PIAA quarterfinals
March 16, 2022
After missing a few long jumpers in the first quarter, Aliquippa’s D.J. Walker understood why he was being called to the bench and the junior didn’t argue.

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New Castle’s Mike Graham drives past Gateway’s Michael Crawford during their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
PIAA announces sites, times for Friday’s state basketball semifinals
The PIAA chose Norwin as host site for the rematch of New Castle and Gateway, one of two all-WPIAL pairings in the state basketball semifinals.

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New Castle’s Cahmari Perkins blocks the shot of Penn Hills’ Noah Barren during a PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal Tuesday at UPMC Events Center.
New Castle wins ‘fist fight’ over Penn Hills in low-scoring PIAA quarterfinal
How do you describe a game with more than a dozen blocks, more than two dozen turnovers, and the first team to score 40 points won?

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Gateway’s Jaydon Carr tracks down an inbounds pass away from Laurel Highlands’ Tahji Hooper during the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals Tuesday at Robert Morris.
Gateway stuns Laurel Highlands, earns 1st appearance in state basketball semifinals
March 15, 2022
There will be a WPIAL rematch in the state semifinals, but Laurel Highlands won’t be there.

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Latrobe’s Luke Willochell (bottom) wrestles Indiana’s Nico Fanella in the 106-pound final during WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships on March 5 at Canon-McMillan.
WPIAL approves new section alignment for next 2 wrestling seasons
March 14, 2022
Say goodbye to the subsections.

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Butler coach Eric Christy talks with his players during a practice in 2019.
WPIAL rejects Butler’s compromise, leaving football team ineligible for District 10 playoffs
The WPIAL rejected a compromise offered Monday by Butler’s administration that would’ve let the school’s football team play in the District 10 playoffs for the next two seasons.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan grabs a rebound next to Allderdice’s Holden Eagle during their PIAA Class 6A second round state playoff game on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Peters Twp. High School.
‘Relentless’ Fox Chapel tops Allderdice in PIAA battle of district champions
March 12, 2022
With only one player taller than 6-foot-2, Fox Chapel maybe doesn’t look like a team built to outrebound many opponents.

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New Castle’s Jonathan Anderson scores against Gateway’s Ryan Greggerson during their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
PIAA announces sites, times for Tuesday’s basketball quarterfinals
The WPIAL is guaranteed to have a boys team in the Class 5A state championship with Laurel Highlands, New Castle, Gateway and Penn Hills all reaching the quarterfinals.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher celebrates after scoring against Highlands during a PIAA Class 5A second round state playoff game on Friday, March 11, 2022, at Norwin High School.
Unbeaten Laurel Highlands rallies past Highlands in OT, moves into quarterfinals
March 11, 2022
Laurel Highlands celebrated its 27th consecutive win Friday night, but this victory over Highlands followed a different script than the first 26.

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South Fayette’s Erica Hall battles Chartiers Valley’s Helene Cowan for a loose ball during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA girls basketball sites, times set for 2nd round playoff games
March 10, 2022
Section foes South Fayette and Moon will meet for the third time this season Saturday in a PIAA second-round playoff game at Peters Township.

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Shady Side Academy’s Eli Teslovich steals the ball from South Allegheny’s Mike Michalski during their game on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, in Fox Chapel.
PIAA announces playoff sites, times for boys basketball 2nd round
Peters Township will host a clash of champions Saturday when WPIAL champion Fox Chapel faces City League champion Allderdice in the PIAA boys basketball playoffs.

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The Allderdice bench erupts after Mike Quigley (14) hit a three-pointer in the final seconds of overtime during their PIAA Class 6A first round state playoff game against Central Catholic on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Squirrel Hill.
Allderdice advances in PIAA playoffs with overtime win against Central Catholic
March 9, 2022
Mike Quigley has a favorite rim in Allderdice’s gym, one that he’s found is a little softer than the other.

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Linton Muddle School in Penn Hills on Nov. 30, 2019.
Penn Hills refuses to play Kiski Area sports teams this spring over alleged racial taunts
Penn Hills won’t play games against Kiski Area teams this spring because of racial taunts allegedly made by fans during a recent middle school volleyball game.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher scores over New Castle’s Jonathan Anderson and Cahmari Perkins during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA releases sites, times for Friday 2nd-round basketball playoff games
The PIAA released sites and times for second-round matchups in the state basketball playoff scheduled for Friday.

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Quaker Valley’s Daniel Bartels celebrates with Markus Frank during their PIAA Class 4A first round state playoff game against Hickory on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, in Leetsdale.
‘Special run’ might await Quaker Valley after PIAA 1st-round win over Hickory
March 8, 2022
The Hickory boys basketball team was in Hershey last winter, playing at Giant Center with a chance to win a state championship.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock tries to dribble past Montour’s Dante Deltondo in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Feb. 26 at Bethel Park.
After incident in WPIAL semifinals, should postgame handshake lines continue?
March 7, 2022
Should handshake lines disappear from the WPIAL?

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Neshannock’s Hunter Newman (left) celebrates after hitting a three-pointer against OLSH during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Friday, March. 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Sites, times revealed for 2022 PIAA girls basketball 1st-round playoff games
March 6, 2022
The PIAA on Sunday posted sites and times for first-round games in the state girls basketball playoffs. Here’s a list of games involving WPIAL and City League teams.

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Quaker Valley’s Markus Frank scores against Montour’s Kaleb Platz during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA announces sites, times for 2022 boys basketball 1st-round playoff games
The PIAA on Sunday posted sites and times for first-round games in the state boys basketball playoffs. Here’s a list of games involving WPIAL and City League teams.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan (left) celebrates with Jake DeMotte as time expires in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against North Hills on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Fox Chapel stuns top-seeded North Hills to win 1st WPIAL title in 45 years
March 5, 2022
Eli Yofan celebrated with the WPIAL trophy in his hands Saturday night, but he also acknowledged the fingerprints his teammates left all over this championship win.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham celebrates after defeating North Allegheny, 61-53, in a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, in Ross.
2022 WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball championship breakdown: North Hills vs. Fox Chapel
WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele shoots a three-pointer against Avonworth on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, in Moon.
2022 WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball championship breakdown: OLSH vs. Fort Cherry
WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher celebrates after being fouled while scoring during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against New Castle on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Rodney Gallagher’s free throws in final second of double OT lift Laurel Highlands past New Castle in WPIAL Class 5A final
March 4, 2022
Same arena. Same prize. There was a little less time on the clock when Rodney Gallagher walked to the foul line this year, but he made sure the outcome was also exactly the same.

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New Castle’s Mike Wells dunks during the fourth quarter of a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal against Gateway on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
2022 WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball championship breakdown: Laurel Highlands vs. New Castle
No. 1 Laurel Highlands vs. No. 2 New Castle

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Shady Side Academy’s Eli Teslovich exits the game during the fourth quarter against Laurel during a WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, at Fox Chapel High School.
2022 WPIAL Class 3A boys basketball championship breakdown: Shady Side Academy vs. Avonworth
No. 3 Shady Side Academy vs. No. 8 Avonworth

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero carries the WPIAL championship trophy from the court after defeating Montour in Class 4A final on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Adou Thiero seals victory as Quaker Valley edges Montour for WPIAL Class 4A title
March 3, 2022
Adou Thiero endured the pain of a fractured thumb to avoid the hurt of another silver medal.

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Aliquippa’s Tyrese Jones celebrates after a Quips touchdown during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
2022 Big School East-West roster includes nearly 2 dozen WPIAL, City League players
State champions from Aliquippa, Mt. Lebanon and Penn-Trafford were among nearly two dozen WPIAL and City League players announced Thursday as all-stars for the Big School East-West Game this spring.

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Central Valley’s Landon Alexander strikes a pose after scoring during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Wyomissing on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
11 WPIAL, City League football players picked for 2022 Small School East-West Game
The WPIAL’s leading rusher was among 11 WPIAL and City League players chosen Thursday for the Small School East-West Game this spring.

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Quaker Valley’s Will Dunda celebrates after hitting a three-pointer against Lincoln Park during a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
2022 WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball championship breakdown: Quaker Valley vs. Montour
No. 1 Quaker Valley vs. No. 2 Montour

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North Hills’ Alex Smith reacts during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal against North Allegheny on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, in Ross.
What to watch in WPIAL finals: North Hills boys, 3 others seek 1st basketball title
North Hills senior Alex Smith and his older brother Nick have a strong sibling rivalry that carries over to the basketball court.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham dunks over Mt. Lebanon’s Joseph Peters during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
No. 1 North Hills reaches WPIAL finals with low-scoring win over Mt. Lebanon
March 1, 2022
Mt. Lebanon is notorious for consuming clock with long possessions, but when the Blue Devils did so Tuesday night, it was often because they found no easy route to the rim.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Eli Heidenreich stiff-arms State College’s Calvin Roan during their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
14 WPIAL players chosen for 2022 Big 33 Football Classic
Fourteen players from the WPIAL were selected Tuesday for the Big 33 Football Classic, including four from Mt. Lebanon’s state championship team and two from Penn-Trafford.

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New Castle’s Mike Wells (3) leads the Red Hurricanes from the court after defeating Gateway in their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Defending champion New Castle reaches WPIAL finals for 8th time in 11 years
February 28, 2022
The road to the WPIAL championship winds through gyms all across Western Pennsylvania, but New Castle rarely gets lost along the way.

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North Allegheny goalie Rylan Murphy owns a 1.42 goals against average this season.
North Allegheny relies on balance in quest for 3rd straight Penguins Cup championship
February 27, 2022
As the hockey schedule reached late February, North Allegheny’s Connor Chi pushed his season-long scoring streak to 19 games. The senior recorded at least one goal or assist in every contest, cementing his spot as an elite scorer.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero drives to the basket past Lincoln Park’s DeAndre Moye during their WPIAL Class 4A semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero scores 25 in semifinal win despite fractured thumb
February 26, 2022
Adou Thiero wore tape on the knee he injured last winter and a wrap on the thumb he fractured earlier this week.

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The Upper St. Clair girls basketball team celebrates after defeating North Allegheny in a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Freshman Rylee Kalocay’s late-game heroics take Upper St. Clair back to WPIAL finals
Upper St. Clair freshman Rylee Kalocay didn’t start Saturday’s semifinal, but she certainly finished it.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham celebrates after defeating North Allegheny, 61-53, in a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, in Ross.
No. 1 North Hills celebrates 4th win over rival North Allegheny in WPIAL quarterfinals
February 25, 2022
As the saying goes, it’s tough to beat a basketball team three times in one season, but what about four? The sold-out crowd that packed into North Hills’ gym was there to find out.

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Ellwood City head coach Steve Antuono talks with his son, Stevie, during the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A championship game at North Allegheny High School.
Ellwood City basketball coach Steve Antuono suspended 2 games after chaotic playoff loss
Game officials imposed a two-game suspension on Ellwood City boys basketball coach Steve Antuono for unsportsmanlike actions during a chaotic ending to Thursday night’s playoff loss.

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Gateway’s Jaydon Carr scores next to Kaleb Pryor during their Section 3-5A game against Penn Hills on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at Gateway High School.
Gateway upsets No. 3 Mars, earns 1st WPIAL semifinal appearance since 2012
February 24, 2022
Gateway was only a couple of minute away from upsetting No. 3 seed Mars, but for the Gators, those final moments seemed to last forever.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin returns a kick against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
Schools get some say as WPIAL releases football schedules for 2022, ’23 seasons
The WPIAL tried a new approach for scheduling nonconference football games this year by giving teams a say in who they play.

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Lincoln Park’s LA Pratt scores during a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal against North Catholic on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Cranberry.
WPIAL schedules 3 basketball semifinals at Robert Morris’ UPMC Events Center
The WPIAL has scheduled three basketball semifinals at Robert Morris’ UPMC Events Center on Saturday starting with top-seeded Quaker Valley facing defending champion Lincoln Park in a Class 4A boys game at noon.

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Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas celebrates after scoring next to North Catholic’s Max Rottmann during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Cranberry.
Confident and now healthy, star freshman Meleek Thomas leads Lincoln Park past North Catholic
Sharing the court with a couple of scorers bound for Division I colleges might make some freshmen timid. Not Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas, who waved for the basketball when the Leopards needed a fourth-quarter boost Wednesday night.

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Butler coach Eric Christy talks with Cooper Baxter (left) and Dylan Fediaczko during a 2019 practice.
Butler plans legal action after PIAA upholds WPIAL ruling keeping football team out of District 10 playoffs
February 23, 2022
Butler intends to take legal action after the PIAA upheld a decision banning the football team from the District 10 playoffs, said the school’s athletic director.

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The Mt. Lebanon football team celebrates with head coach Bob Palko after defeating St. Joseph’s Prep, 35-17, in the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA football, soccer championships moving from Hershey to Cumberland Valley
Say goodbye to flying Hershey’s Kisses and giant chocolate bars. Pennsylvania high school athletes will have to find a new way to celebrate trips to the state championships.

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North Allegheny’s Joey Dopirak (22) celebrates with Robby Jones after scoring against Baldwin during their WPIAL Class 6A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
Strong 1st quarter leads No. 8 North Allegheny past No. 9 Baldwin in WPIAL playoff opener
February 22, 2022
Tuesday marked the playoff opener for the North Allegheny boys, but the Tigers felt they’d already had a postseason mindset for a while now.

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Steel Valley’s Makhai Valentine celebrates with Cruce Brookins in the final seconds of their 70-62 win over Seton LaSalle in a WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, at Fox Chapel High School.
Steel Valley knocks out No. 4 Seton LaSalle with 1-2 punch in WPIAL playoff upset
February 21, 2022
Steel Valley’s Makhai Valentine wears No. 1 and teammate Cruce Brookins is No. 2, fitting for a combination that delivered a knockout punch Monday night.

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WPIAL suspends former Greensburg Central Catholic assistant football coach for recruiting
The WPIAL has suspended a former Greensburg Central Catholic assistant football coach for violating PIAA rules against recruiting.

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North Allegheny grad Ayden Owens competes for Arkansas during the 2021-22 indoor season.
North Allegheny grad Ayden Owens lands at Arkansas with record-setting splash
February 19, 2022
Ayden Owens felt the sunshine of Southern California and the cold of Ann Arbor, Mich., in his first three years of college. Nowadays, you’ll find the former North Allegheny star breaking track and field records down south in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Grandson and grandfather, Matthew White and Dale Thunhorst, pose for a photo after officiating a varsity game together Jan. 3, 2022.
Grandfather-grandson duo works together officiating WPIAL basketball games
February 17, 2022
When Matthew White was a little kid, he enjoyed going to high school basketball games and seeing the officials, because his grandfather was one of them.

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Montour’s Tyriq Eleam scores against Lincoln Park during a Section 2-4A game on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Midland.
WPIAL asks playoff basketball teams: ‘What have you done for me lately?’
February 15, 2022
The WPIAL basketball committee had a question for playoff teams: “What have you done for me lately?”

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North Hills’ Royce Parham dunks against North Allegheny on Jan. 7, 2022, in McCandless.
Breaking down the 2022 WPIAL boys basketball playoff brackets
February 14, 2022
Class 6A

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher celebrates his game-winning shot in the final seconds against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at Thomas Jefferson High School.
Tough decisions prompt debate as WPIAL announces 2021-22 basketball playoff brackets
Laurel Highlands or New Castle? Mt. Lebanon or North Allegheny?

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young celebrates after driving in two runs against Hempfield during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game last season. Some scouting services have him projected to be a first-round pick in the MLB Draft.
North Allegheny’s Cole Young projected as 1st-round pick in MLB Draft
February 13, 2022
Cole Young has a Twitter account, so the North Allegheny senior usually notices whenever someone publishes a new MLB mock draft or an updated list of high school baseball prospects.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Reagan Murdoch celebrates with Ashleigh Connor after scoring during their Section 2-6A game against USC on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, at Upper St. Clair High School.
WPIAL bracketology: Chris Harlan, Don Rebel forecast 2021-22 girls basketball pairings
The February Frenzy is about to heat up as WPIAL basketball teams hop on the Path to the Pete.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham eyes up the tip-off with North Allegheny’s Ty Iwanonkiw at the start of their Section 1-6A game Jan. 7, 2022, at North Allegheny.
WPIAL bracketology: Chris Harlan, Don Rebel forecast 2021-22 boys basketball pairings
February 12, 2022
The February Frenzy is about to heat up as WPIAL basketball teams hop on the Path to the Pete.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Gina Smith works against Upper St. Clair’s Molly James during their Section 2-6A game on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Feb. 13, 2022
Class 6A

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Tyriq Eleam and Montour jumped from No. 5 to No. 2 in the boys Class 4A rankings.
Trib HSSN WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Feb. 13, 2022
Class 6A

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Fox Chapel’s Jake DeMotte celebrates after defeating Central Catholic on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at Alumni Hall in Oakland.
Fox Chapel survives Eli Yofan injury scare, clinches sole possession of section title
February 11, 2022
Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan went from laying under the hoop in pain in the third quarter to swinging on the rim in celebration in the fourth.

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WPIAL asks Greensburg Central Catholic to explain possible recruiting violations
February 10, 2022
The WPIAL is looking into possible recruiting violations by Greensburg Central Catholic.

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North Allegheny coach Sanshiro Abe celebrates with Jake Woodley at the 2016 PIAA individual wrestling championships in Hershey.
North Allegheny wrestling coach Sunny Abe resigns prior to postseason tournaments
February 9, 2022
North Allegheny wrestling coach Sanshiro “Sunny” Abe, a former NCAA champion and Olympic wrestler, resigned with one meet left in the regular season and the individual tournaments still ahead.

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New Castle head coach Joe Cowart works with his team during practice on Aug. 4, 2021, in New Castle.
New Castle’s Joe Cowart resigns after 10 seasons, sent 2 former players to NFL
Not many WPIAL football coaches have had two former players active in the NFL at the same time, but New Castle’s Joe Cowart did during his coaching tenure, which came to a close this winter.

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Aliquippa’s D.J. Walker celebrates a traveling call on Seton LaSalle’s John Wilkins during their game on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, at Aliquippa High School.
Aliquippa ‘hitting stride,’ defeats Seton LaSalle for 1st-place tie in Section 2
A young basketball team can age considerably in the short span of 25 days.

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Penn Hills head coach Jon LeDonne during practice Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 at Penn Hills High School.
Pine-Richland hires Penn Hills’ Jon LeDonne as football coach
February 7, 2022
As a parent with three kids in the district, Jon LeDonne already wore a number of hats around Pine-Richland. Scorekeeper for middle school basketball. Coach for a fourth-grade girls team. Scorers’ table duty at youth wrestling matches.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko celebrates a Blue Devils touchdown against St. Joseph’s Prep during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Mt. Lebanon’s Bob Palko named Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year
February 6, 2022
Mt. Lebanon football coach Bob Palko, who led the Blue Devils to their first state championship, was named the 2021 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year on Sunday.

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North Allegheny’s Lexi Sundgren competes in the girls 200 freestyle during the 2020 WPIAL championships.
With longtime coach out of retirement, North Allegheny swim teams out to achieve more excellence
Longtime North Allegheny swimming coach Corky Semler didn’t hesitate when athletic director Bob Bozzuto asked if he was interested in coming out of retirement this winter.

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Latrobe coach Mark Burkhardt watches from the bench during a game against Woodland Hills on Jan. 20, 2022, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Trib HSSN girls basketball rankings for Feb. 5, 2022
February 5, 2022
Class 6A

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Quaker Valley’s Markus Frank claps after scoring against Lincoln Park during a Section 2-4A game on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Midland.
Trib HSSN boys basketball rankings for Feb. 5, 2022
Class 6A

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Butler’s Devin Carney drives to the basket past Pine-Richland’s Luke Shanahan during their game on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, in Pine..
Butler finds ‘desperation mode,’ boosts playoffs hopes by defeating Pine-Richland
One team in Butler’s brutal section may be left home when the playoffs start, which has the Golden Tornado convinced it can’t lose another game.

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Aliquippa’s Neco Eberhardt celebrates his first quarter sack during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
WPIAL delays release of football schedules over ‘unique situation’ with Aliquippa
February 3, 2022
The WPIAL decided not to release new football schedules this week because of a “unique situation” facing one of its schools.

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Laurel Highlands quarterback Rodney Gallagher has about two dozen Division I offers, including Notre Dame, Michigan and Texas.
Western Pa.’s Top 10 football prospects for the Class of 2023
Some of the nation’s top college football recruiters will visit Western Pennsylvania often in the coming months, because the WPIAL and City League have an uncommitted four-star Rivals recruit in the 2023 class.

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South Side head coach Luke Travelpiece works with his team during practice on Aug. 10, 2020.
WPIAL disciplines South Side, Steel Valley football after hearing on racial allegations
February 2, 2022
The South Side and Steel Valley football teams must complete educational training organized by the WPIAL to “further develop cultural competency” after their playoff game in November ended with accusations of unsportsmanlike conduct and racial slurs.

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Shady Side Academy’s Rian Fitzgerald (1) celebrates after scoring next to South Allegheny’s Jeston Beatty during their game on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, in Fox Chapel.
Shady Side Academy tops No. 4 South Allegheny to narrow section title race
Shady Side Academy used quickness and aggression to build a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead Tuesday night, a favorable position where many teams might then slow the tempo.

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Pennsylvania’s Tyler Boyd of Clairton celebrates after returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown against Maryland during the Big 33 Football Classic Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Clairton’s Tyler Boyd extends Super Bowl streak for Big 33 Football Classic
January 31, 2022
Thanks to former Clairton star Tyler Boyd, the Big 33 Football Classic’s Super Bowl streak lives on.

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Bradyn Foster and his Highlands teammates moved up to No. 5 in the Class 5A rankings this week.
TribHSSN boys basketball rankings for Jan. 29, 2022
January 29, 2022
Class 6A

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The Norwin girls basketball team celebrates after defeating North Allegheny, 56-31, on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at Norwin High School.
TribHSSN girls basketball rankings for Jan. 29, 2022
Class 6A

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Greensburg Central Catholic boys hold off Winchester Thurston, take over 1st place
January 28, 2022
Greensburg Central Catholic and Winchester Thurston were scheduled to meet three weeks ago, but that boys basketball game was postponed, so the teams could only study one another from a distance.

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Aliquippa and Ambridge gather for the coin toss before a 2004 game at Carl Aschman Stadium, also known as “The Pit.”
Aliquippa plans to build new football stadium, receives $250,000 from NFL
Aliquippa’s aging football stadium will be torn down and rebuilt this year with a little help from the NFL.

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Hampton coach Jacque DeMatteo presides over a preseason workout in 2020.
Hampton hiring new football coach as Jacque DeMatteo ends 14-year stint
January 27, 2022
For the first time in 14 years, Hampton soon will have a new football coach.

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The Aliquippa football team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Bishop McDevitt, 34-27, in the PIAA Class 4A final on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Aliquippa wins PIAA appeal, remains in Class 4A football
January 26, 2022
Add another win to Aliquippa’s record.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran crosses the finish line to win the Class AAA girls race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
Moon’s Mia Cochran repeats as Pa. Gatorade girls cross country award winner
January 25, 2022
Moon’s Mia Cochran has defended yet another cross country title.

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OLSH’s Dawson Summers celebrates next to Luke Daeschner after scoring against Avonworth during their game on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, in Moon.
With heavy hearts, OLSH ties WPIAL record for longest winning streak
As Our Lady of the Sacred Heart made WPIAL history Monday night, the boys basketball team wasn’t focused on what it was playing for, but rather who.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza scores against St. Joseph’s Prep during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 6A championship game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza commits to Navy football, joining Blue Devils teammate
January 24, 2022
Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza has played football with teammate Eli Heidenreich for as long as he can remember. As it turns out, high school graduation won’t break their bond.

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Fox Chapel’s J.P. Dockey drives past Central Catholic’s Dante Depante during their Section 3-6A game on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at Fox Chapel High School.
TribHSSN boys basketball rankings for Jan. 23, 2022
January 22, 2022
Class 6A

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Chartiers Valley’s Helene Cowan scores during a Section 1-5A game against Moon on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Chartiers Valley High School.
TribHSSN girls basketball rankings for Jan. 22, 2022
Class 6A

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North Allegheny head coach Art Walker Jr. paces the sideline during a game against Central Catholic on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
North Allegheny AD Bozzuto sees future Class 6A football alignment with larger field
North Allegheny athletic director Bob Bozzuto has a forward-thinking mindset when it comes to football conference realignment. The ink barely has dried on WPIAL plans for the next two seasons, but he’s ready to start thinking about 2024 and ’25.

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Quaker Valley’s Markus Frank scores past Lincoln Park’s Jadon Bishop during their Section 2-4A game on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Midland.
Markus Frank’s knack around basket leads unbeaten Quaker Valley past Lincoln Park
Quaker Valley’s Markus Frank has a knack for scoring around the rim from angles that seem almost impossible, yet he makes them with ease.

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Former Pine-Richland head coach Eric Kasperowicz at Pitt practice on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 at UPMC Rooney Sports Performance Complex.
Former football coach Eric Kasperowicz drops lawsuit against Pine-Richland, hopes to reclaim job
January 21, 2022
Former Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz is dropping his defamation lawsuit against the school district and its administrators in hopes of reclaiming his coaching job.

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Matt Stebbins, pictured during the 2020 WPIAL Class 2A girls championship game at Petersen Events Center, has resigned as the head coach of the Laurel High School girls basketball team.
Laurel girls basketball coach resigns midseason, says ‘hand was forced’
January 20, 2022
The Laurel girls basketball team is trying to reach the WPIAL playoffs for the fifth year in a row, but the Spartans must do so without their head coach.

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Sto-Rox head coach LaRoi Johnson (middle) reacts during a team skills challenge during a 7 on 7 high school football tournament July 28, 2021 at Bethel Park.
Imani Christian hires LaRoi Johnson as football coach
Football coach LaRoi Johnson is returning to his roots.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski holds the flag after carding a birdie on Hole 15, as Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti lines up his putt during the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at Nemacolin Country Club.
WPIAL notebook: Golf adds 36-hole format for individual championships
To win a WPIAL golf title next season, players must make the cut and play two good rounds.

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Kiski Area assistant coach Chuck Tursky (left) works with head coach Chris Heater (right) and assistant coach Matt Kiebler during their 35-31 comeback victory over Cumberland Valley in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling tournament championship at the Giant Center on Thursday Feb. 11, 2016, in Hershey.
WPIAL announces 2022 Hall of Fame class
January 19, 2022
Bob Kalp won more than 400 games as Hempfield’s softball coach, and Chuck Tursky celebrated his 500th career win as Kiski Area’s wrestling coach.

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Butler went 5-5 last season under coach Eric Christy and reached the District 10 playoffs.
WPIAL board blocks Butler from District 10 football playoffs
The WPIAL two years ago gave Butler permission to play football in District 10 as an “associate member,” but there now is a dispute about whether the Golden Tornado can qualify for that district’s playoffs.

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Aliquippa’s Naquan Crowder celebrates next to Jason McBride during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday, Dec. 49, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
WPIAL reveals updated conference alignments for 2022, 2023 seasons
January 18, 2022
The WPIAL took a multiple-choice approach when it drew up new conferences for the 2022 and ‘23 football seasons.

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Canon-McMillan linemates Julius Pruss (left) and Sean Lesnock work out during practice on Aug. 12, 2021, at Big Mac Stadium.
3 options WPIAL could take with Class 6A football realignment
Tuesday should be a big day for WPIAL football players, coaches and fans.

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Chartiers Valley and Aislin Malcolm maintained the No. 1 spot in Class 5A.
Trib HSSN WPIAL Girls Basketball Rankings: Week ending Jan. 16, 2022
January 15, 2022
Class 6A

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L.A. Pratt and Lincoln Park held stead at No. 3 in Class 3A.
Trib HSSN WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 16, 2022
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman named Pa. Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year
Whenever the North Allegheny girls volleyball team wins a title, the Tigers have a knack for winning it again and again.

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Lincoln Park’s L.A. Pratt takes the game-winning shot over Montour’s Dante Deltondo and Diaun Pinkett in the final seconds of their Section 2-4A game on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Midland.
LA Pratt’s game-winner lifts Lincoln Park to 2-point win over Montour
January 14, 2022
Lincoln Park saw a 15-point lead vanish Friday night, but that was all forgotten once senior LA Pratt made a clutch runner with five seconds left to lift the Leopards to a 51-49 victory over Montour in a battle of ranked teams.

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OLSH head coach Dan Bradley watches his team during practice on Aug. 3, 2021, in Clinton.
Ellwood City hires ‘proven winner’ Dan Bradley to fix struggling football program
Ellwood City hired former OLSH football coach Dan Bradley on Thursday to fix a distressed program that hasn’t won a game in three seasons.

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Warfield celebrates with his team after defeating Bishop McDevitt, 34-27, in the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA denies Aliquippa appeal asking to avoid promotion to Class 5A football
January 13, 2022
The PIAA on Thursday denied an initial appeal from Aliquippa, which wants to avoid a pending promotion to Class 5A football next season.

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MLK Day basketball showcase moves to Central Pa., still includes 5 WPIAL teams
The MLK Day basketball showcase that recently called Woodland Hills home has shifted about 150 miles east, but this weekend’s event still has some WPIAL teams taking part.

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Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert instructs his team during practice Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021.
2 WPIAL coaches picked as assistants for Big 33 Football Classic
January 12, 2022
WPIAL football coaches Matt Humbert of Belle Vernon and T.J. Plack of Peters Township will serve as Team Pennsylvania assistants for the Big 33 Football Classic in May.

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Penn Hills’ Jaden Dugger dunks against Gateway defenders during their Section 3-5A game on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at Gateway High School.
Daemar Kelly helps Penn Hills ‘learn how to win’ in section victory over Gateway
January 11, 2022
As the final seconds ticked away, coach Chris Giles and the players on the Penn Hills bench all were shouting the exact same words.

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Mars head coach Scott Heinauer watches the Planets’ practice on Aug. 9, 2021, at Mars Athletic Complex.
Mars school board set to open job of football coach Scott Heinauer
January 10, 2022
Mars appears ready to open the job of longtime football coach Scott Heinauer to applicants.

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North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson (left) celebrates with Emma Fischer after a steal and score against Norwin during the fourth quarter of their Section 1-6A game Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
TribHSSN girls basketball rankings for Jan. 9, 2022
January 8, 2022
Class 6A

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North Hills’ Devin Burgess heads upcourt after hitting a three-pointer during the second half against North Allegheny on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
TribHSSN boys basketball rankings for Jan. 9, 2022
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson eyes up her last second three-pointer to defeat Norwin in a Section 1-6A game on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at North Allegheny High School. NA won, 46-43.
Pitt the ‘best of both worlds’ for North Allegheny’s Timmerson
Jasmine Timmerson noticed her cell phone is a little quieter nowadays without so many calls or texts from college coaches.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham dunks during the fourth quarter against North Allegheny on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
North Hills clamps down on defense, stops North Allegheny in clash of 6A contenders
January 7, 2022
Alex Smith knew that if North Allegheny shooter Matt McDonough didn’t cool down, he and his North Hills teammates were in trouble.

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Woodland Hills running back Eris Seibles carries against Wayne Valley during the first quarter on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the Wolvarena.
Woodland Hills football among WPIAL teams voluntarily playing in higher classification
Football coach Tim Bostard knew folks might be a little surprised to see the PIAA list Woodland Hills as a Class 3A team after years of playing two classifications higher.

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OLSH head coach Dan Bradley watches his team during practice on Aug. 3, 2021, in Clinton.
Dan Bradley resigns as OLSH football coach after reaching WPIAL finals
January 6, 2022
Weeks after leading Our Lady of the Sacred Heart to the WPIAL finals, Dan Bradley resigned as Chargers football coach after six seasons.

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Keystone Oaks head coach Greg Perry during work outs Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 at Dormont Memorial Stadium.
Greg Perry resigns as Keystone Oaks football coach citing pay for assistants
January 5, 2022
Greg Perry resigned as football coach at his alma mater Keystone Oaks, citing a union contract decision that reduced money available for his assistant coaches.

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Central Catholic’s Brandon Jackson catches a pass in front of the North Allegheny bench during the first quarter on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
PIAA realignment leaves WPIAL Class 6A football, basketball with fewer teams
January 4, 2022
The WPIAL’s largest classification officially is getting smaller next season in football and basketball.

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The Aliquippa football team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Bishop McDevitt, 34-27, in the PIAA Class 4A final on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA competitive-balance rule impacts Aliquippa football unfairly, says Beaver County NAACP
The Beaver County branch of the NAACP added its voice to those opposing a PIAA rule that could force the small-school Aliquippa football team to face even larger opponents in Class 5A next season.

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Central Valley’s Sean FitzSimmons fends off a block during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Wyomissing on Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Central Valley’s Sean FitzSimmons named Trib HSSN Football Player of the Year
January 2, 2022
Central Valley faced a fourth-and-1 at its own 18-yard line with less than 5 minutes left in the state championship. The Warriors held a 7-0 lead, so nobody would’ve criticized coach Mark Lyons if he’d decided to punt and play defense.

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Jack Gardinier and his Quaker Valley teammates are atop the WPIAL Class 4A rankings this week.
Trib HSSN WPIAL boys basketball rankings for Week of Jan. 2, 2022
January 1, 2022
Class 6A

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Emma Fischer and the North Allegheny girls retained the No. 1 spot in Class 6A.
TribHSSN WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 2, 2022
Class 6A

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes dives over the pylon to score past Belle Vernon’s Reiley Wiant during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
2021 Trib 25 Football Team: WPIAL, state champions highlight HSSN all-stars
December 31, 2021
This was a historic football season for the WPIAL, which had four teams celebrate state titles in Hershey.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko celebrates with Alex Tecza after defeating St. Joseph’s Prep, 35-17, in the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Mt. Lebanon tops Class 6A all-state football team as Bob Palko, Alex Tecza win individual awards
December 29, 2021
Mt. Lebanon won its first state title behind a veteran coach, a dynamic offensive trio and toughness at the line of scrimmage.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli hugs head coach John Ruane after the Warriors defeated Imhotep Charter, 17-14 in overtime, in the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
10 WPIAL players earn all-state in 5A, Penn-Trafford’s John Ruane named top coach
After winning its first WPIAL and PIAA football titles, Penn-Trafford has more reason to celebrate.

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Aliquippa lineman Jason McBride (56) blocks for Tiqwai Hayes during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Belle Vernon on Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL lands 14 on 4A all-state team; Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes, Mike Warfield earn top honors
If Tiqwai Hayes’ next three seasons are anything like his first, the Aliquippa freshman has an exciting future ahead.

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Central Valley head coach Mark Lyons celebrates after defeating Wyomissing, 7-0, in the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA champion Central Valley places 7 players on Class 3A all-state team, plus coach of the year
December 28, 2021
Central Valley’s 27th straight victory was a 7-0 win over Wyomissing in the PIAA Class 3A football championship game earlier this month. The Warriors’ run of success was certainly recognized by a group of Pennsylvania sportswriters.

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Serra Catholic coach Jose Regus watches his offense take the field after a turnover during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Beaver Falls on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Serra Catholic’s Jose Regus honored as Class 2A Coach of the Year in all-state football voting
A rare neurological disorder confined Serra Catholic coach Jose Regus to a wheelchair at times this season, yet Regus remained on the sideline and led the Eagles to a WPIAL football title and a state runner-up finish.

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Bishop Canevin’s Lesae Lacks (right) celebrates with Xavier Nelson during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class A championship game against OLSH on Nov. 26, 2021, at Heinz Field.
6 WPIAL players recognized on Class A all-state football team
Six WPIAL Class A football players earned all-state honors Tuesday, including Bishop Canevin wide receiver Lesae Lacks, whose team-high 50 catches helped the Crusaders win the district title.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock brings the ball upcourt against Hempfield on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Hempfield Area High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL boys basketball rankings for Week of Dec. 26, 2021
December 25, 2021
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Caroline Henderson battles Pine-Richland’s Madison Zavasky for a rebound during their game on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Trib HSSN girls basketball rankings: Week ending Dec. 26, 2021
Class 6A

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Pine-Richland head coach Steve Campos pleads his case to officials during the second quarter against Harrisburg on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the Wolvarena.
Steve Campos resigns after 1 season as Pine-Richland football coach
December 22, 2021
The Pine-Richland football coaching job is open for the second time in six months.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Grayson Dee catches a pass in the rain over Central Catholic’s JD Younger during the third quarter on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
WPIAL Class 6A football to shrink again as Baldwin, Hempfield, Norwin drop
December 21, 2021
The WPIAL’s largest football classification just keeps getting smaller.

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Sewickley Academy draws WPIAL discipline for promotional video highlighting athletics
December 20, 2021
In an attempt to boost middle-school enrollment, Sewickley Academy inadvertently ran afoul of PIAA recruiting rules with a multi-part video highlighting the school’s academics, arts and athletics.

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Lydia Betz and her North Allegheny teammates are the top-ranked Class 6A team in the WPIAL.
Trib HSSN WPIAL girls basketball rankings for Week of Dec. 19, 2021
December 18, 2021
Class 6A

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan celebrates with Jake DeMotte after scoring against Shaler on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL boys basketball rankings for Week of Dec. 19, 2021
Class 6A

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Taylor Stover, Hannah Williams and Leyna Rumpler are among the competitors on the North Allegheny girls wrestling team this season.
Girls wrestling moving closer and closer to PIAA-sanctioned status
When coach Dan Heckert started a girls wrestling program a year ago at North Allegheny, he hoped someday the sport might become sanctioned by the PIAA and have teams at schools across the WPIAL.

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North Allegheny’s Matt McDonough shoots a game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation against Pine-Richland on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at North Allegheny High School. NA won, 74-70, in overtime.
Matt McDonough plays superhero on clutch 3-pointer as North Allegheny tops Pine-Richland in OT
Matt McDonough had a ticket to see the new Spider-Man movie, but his own heroics almost made him late.

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Central Valley’s Sean FitzSimmons sacks Wyomissing quarterback Ben Zechman on fourth down and goal during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Early signing day: Notre Dame, Pitt, Kentucky among Power 5 schools to land WPIAL, City League recruits
December 15, 2021
The excitement of signing day used to be limited to February, but that changed five years ago when the NCAA added an early signing period for Division I football.

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Rochester running back Sal Laure carries through the line during practice on Aug. 16, 2021, in Rochester.
Big Seven: Cornell, Rochester lead all-conference team, share top player awards
December 14, 2021
The Big Seven was competitive this fall, with every team winning at least two conference games.

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Leechburg quarterback Thomas Burke tries to avoid Bishop Canevin’s Lesae Lacks in a game Oct. 8 at Leechburg’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Eastern: Leechburg, Clairton earn top individual awards on all-conference team
Leechburg quarterback Thomas Burke finished fifth among all WPIAL passers this season, earning the senior Offensive Player of the Year honors in the Eastern Conference.

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California’s Damani Stafford carries against Monessen on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
Tri-County South: Top rushers Landan Stevenson, Colin Brady lead all-conference selections
Mapletown’s Landan Stevenson and West Greene’s Colin Brady play for small schools but they put up big numbers.

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Steel Valley’s Nijhay Burt dives into the end zone to score his second touchdown against Serra Catholic on Oct. 29, 2021, in Munhall.
Allegheny: Steel Valley’s Nijhay Burt leads all-conference team as 2-way standout
Steel Valley’s Nijhay Burt rushed for more than 2,000 yards and scored 35 touchdowns, but Allegheny Conference coaches recognized the senior wasn’t only an offensive star.

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LaRoi Johnson (middle) reacts during a skills challenge at a 7-on-7 football tournament July 28, 2021, at Bethel Park.
LaRoi Johnson resigns as Sto-Rox football coach, athletic director
December 13, 2021
Football coach LaRoi Johnson, who led Sto-Rox to the WPIAL finals twice in his four seasons, said he resigned Monday as coach and athletic director.

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The Aliquippa football team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Bishop McDevitt, 34-27, in the PIAA Class 4A final on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Aliquippa has ‘no legitimate complaint’ about competitive-balance rule, says PIAA executive director
December 12, 2021
HERSHEY — The state’s competitive-balance rule is working as originally intended, despite Aliquippa football’s strong objections to playing bigger schools, says the PIAA’s top administrator.

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The Mt. Lebanon football team hoists the state championship trophy after defeating St. Joseph’s Prep, 35-17, in the PIAA Class 6A final on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Mt. Lebanon dethrones St. Joseph’s Prep to win 1st state championship
December 11, 2021
HERSHEY – There’s a new champion in PIAA Class 6A football, which surely surprises much of the state.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko leads his team onto the field for their game against Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
PIAA Class 6A football championship breakdown: Mt. Lebanon vs. St. Joseph’s Prep
PIAA Class 6A football championship

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Central Valley’s Sean FitzSimmons (50) tackles Wyomissing Area’s Amory Thompson for a loss during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA Class 3A football championship breakdown: Central Valley vs. Wyomissing
PIAA Class 3A football championship

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Mt. Lebanon’s Eli Heidenreich celebrates a State College turnover during a PIAA Class 6A state semifinal on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Mt. Lebanon facing daunting challenge in state’s premier big-school program St. Joseph’s Prep
December 10, 2021
Nobody was too surprised to see St. Joseph’s Prep in Hershey. Mt. Lebanon coach Bob Palko certainly wasn’t.

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Southern Columbia’s Braeden Wisloski scores past Serra Catholic’s Elijah Ward during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Southern Columbia routs Serra Catholic, rolls to 5th consecutive PIAA title
HERSHEY — Serra Catholic punched and pulled at the football all afternoon, but the Eagles couldn’t wrestle the state championship from Southern Columbia’s steely grip.

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Aliquippa’s Naquan Crowder celebrates next to Jason McBride during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Aliquippa beats odds, wins PIAA Class 4A championship
December 9, 2021
HERSHEY — Aliquippa has a Class A enrollment, yet the small-school Quips were crowned Thursday night as the best 4A football team in the state.

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Serra Catholic’s Terrell Booth intercepts a pass infront of Beaver Falls’ Mekhi Clark and returns it for a touchdown during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at Heinz Field.
PIAA Class 2A football championship breakdown: Serra Catholic vs. Southern Columbia
PIAA Class 2A football championship

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Imhotep Charter’s Enai White celebrates after dropping Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner to seal the game Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at the Wolvarena.
PIAA Class 5A football championship breakdown: Penn-Trafford vs. Imhotep Charter
PIAA Class 5A football championship

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes picks up yardage during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
PIAA Class 4A football championship breakdown: Aliquippa vs. Bishop McDevitt
PIAA Class 4A championship

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Aliquippa lineman Naquan Crowder pressures Belle Vernon quarterback Devin Whitlock during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Aliquippa’s slimmed-down 300-pounders face heavy workload in state finals
December 8, 2021
At 6-foot-4 and 345 pounds, Aliquippa’s Naquan Crowder fits in nicely on one of the heaviest offensive lines in the state, but a commitment made by the team’s linemen to improve their fitness has him feeling lighter on his feet.

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PIAA state championship gold medals wait to be distributed during the soccer finals on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA delays release of updated enrollment numbers to fix vo-tech issue
The PIAA delayed the release of its updated enrollment numbers for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 sports seasons until January after discovering some school districts used inconsistent methods for counting their vo-tech students.

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WPIAL schedules hearing to address racial allegations against South Side football team
The WPIAL has scheduled a hearing Dec. 21 to address racial allegations stemming from a football playoff game last month between South Side and Steel Valley.

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Laurel running back Luke McCoy works out during practice on Aug. 4, 2021.
Midwestern: Laurel’s Luke McCoy, Beaver Falls’ Mekhi Clark top all-conference team
December 6, 2021
Laurel running back Luke McCoy, who ranked among the WPIAL rushing leaders this season, was honored three times by Midwestern coaches in all-conference voting.

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Wash High’s Davoun Fuse during practice Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021 at Washington High Stadium Football Stadium.
Century: 9 Washington players named all-conference, Davoun Fuse voted MVP
Washington’s Davoun Fuse proved himself to be a dual-threat quarterback by passing for 11 touchdowns and running for 14 more, results that earned the junior MVP honors in the Class 2A Century Conference.

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Sto-Rox’s Jaymar Pearson returns an interception for a touchdown during the second quarter against Avonworth on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Ohio Twp.
Three Rivers: Sto-Rox leads conference honors with 9 players on 1st team
Sto-Rox outscored Three Rivers opponents 201-12 this season, a dominance that saw quarterback Josh Jenkins and running back Jaymar Pearson named Offensive co-MVPs in the Class 2A conference.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko coaches with a heavy heart during a PIAA Class 6A state semifinal against State College on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Mt. Lebanon coach Bob Palko returns to PIAA football finals with heavy heart
December 5, 2021
The mood at Mansion Park Stadium was jubilant as Mt. Lebanon’s football team won a state semifinal for the first time in school history, yet amid the celebration coach Bob Palko held back tears.

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Dave DeGregorio coaches North Catholic during a playoff game against Quaker Valley on March 8 in Leetsdale. He is now the head coach at North Allegheny.
North Allegheny takes on new look with DeGregorio back at the helm
Blue tape forms Xs, boxes and lines on North Allegheny’s basketball court, visual guides put down by boys coach Dave DeGregorio to teach a new offense.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Eli Heidenreich celebrates after scoring his second touchdown during a PIAA Class 6A state semifinal against State College on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Mt. Lebanon trounces State College, earns 1st trip to Hershey for state football finals
December 4, 2021
ALTOONA — Mt. Lebanon already proved itself as the best team in the WPIAL. Last week they added the title of best team in all of Western Pennsylvania.

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Aliquippa’s Cyair Clark picks up yardage during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Aliquippa scores 27 consecutive points in PIAA semifinal victory over Jersey Shore
December 3, 2021
EBENSBURG — Six minutes saved Aliquippa’s state title hopes.

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Bishop Canevin’s Xavier Nelson scores on an interception return next to A’Zjuan Marshall during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class A championship game against OLSH on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at Heinz Field.
5 things to watch: How many WPIAL teams will reach PIAA football finals?
Could the WPIAL send five or six teams to Hershey?

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes runs for a long gain past the Belle Vernon sideline during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Only 14, freshman Tiqwai Hayes shoulders leading role in Aliquippa’s playoff run
When he’s avoiding tacklers and scoring touchdowns at a place like Heinz Field, it’s easy to forget Tiqwai Hayes is only 14 years old.

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Central Catholic’s Donovan Hinish pressures North Allegheny’s J.R. Burton and Logan Kushner during their game on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Central Catholic’s Donovan Hinish stays committed to Notre Dame as coach Brian Kelly exits
December 2, 2021
Central Catholic senior Donovan Hinish had just eaten dinner with a Notre Dame assistant shortly before he heard Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly was leaving for LSU.

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Central Valley’s Jack Bible catches a touchdown pass during the WPIAL Class 3A championship Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Northwestern Six: Central Valley tops all-conference picks with 13 spots on 1st team
Central Valley earned 13 first-team spots on the Northwestern Six all-conference team with Sean FitzSimmons, Jack Bible and Jayvin Thompson honored on both sides of the football.

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North Catholic head coach Pat O’Shea talks with his team after practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Cranberry.
Allegheny Seven: North Catholic wins 4 individual awards in all-conference voting
North Catholic’s Kyle Tipinski, Tyler Primrose and Andrew Stephens, who led the Trojans to the WPIAL finals, all earned individual player awards in all-conference voting for the Allegheny Seven.

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Elizabeth Forward’s DaVontay Brownfield stiff-arms South Allegheny’s Akell Carrington on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.
Interstate: Elizabeth Forward’s Brownfield, Southmoreland’s Govern top all-conference team
December 1, 2021
Elizabeth Forward’s defense allowed only 28 points combined in six conference games, a dominance that led Interstate coaches to name senior DaVontay Brownfield as the conference’s top defensive player.

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McKeesport’s Bobbie Boyd carries the ball against Belle Vernon on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.
Big Eight: Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock, McKeesport’s Bobbie Boyd lead all-conference team
Thomas Jefferson was dethroned from its familiar spot atop the Big Eight this season, and two of the players most responsible received individual honors in all-conference voting.

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Hampton’s Christian Liberto straight-arms Greensburg Salem’s Christian Hosteler in the first half at Hampton High School on Friday, Oct 1, 2021.
Greater Allegheny: Hampton rewarded for conference title with 9 spots on 1st team
Hampton celebrated its first conference title since 2014, an achievement recognized in all-conference voting.

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Aliquippa’s Cyair Clark picks up a first down against Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock during the WPIAL Class 4A championship Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Parkway: Aliquippa leads all-conference voting with 14 players on 1st team
November 30, 2021
Aliquippa outscored Parkway opponents 237-40 this fall, a regular-season dominance that was reflected in voting for the all-conference team.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli carries the ball against Belle Vernon on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
Big East: Penn-Trafford lands 12 players, coach on all-conference football team
A dozen Penn-Trafford football players earned first-team all-conference honors from a Warriors team that went unbeaten in the Big East and won a WPIAL title Saturday.

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Penn Hills’ Jaden Dugger intercepts a pass intended for Upper St. Clair’s Aidan Besselman on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at Upper St. Clair High School.
Northeast: Dugger brothers among 7 Penn Hills players named all-conference
Penn Hills brothers Julian and Jaden Dugger, a dynamic quarterback-receiver combination for the Indians, each earned first-team all-conference honors in the Class 5A Northeast.

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Moon’s Dylan Sleva carries for a long gain during the fourth quarter against Upper St. Clair on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Tigers Stadium in Moon.
Allegheny Six: Moon’s senior class well represented on all-conference team
Moon’s deep and talented senior class, which led the Tigers to the WPIAL finals for the first time since 1998, was well represented on the Allegheny 6 all-conference team.

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Mt. Lebanon coach Bob Palko is congratulated after winning the WPIAL Class 6A final over Central Catholic.
Class 6A: Mt. Lebanon leads WPIAL all-conference honors with 9 players, coach
Mt. Lebanon won its first WPIAL title in 21 years, and the undefeated Blue Devils were recognized for their season-long success with nine first-team spots on the all-conference team for Class 6A.

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Aliquippa celebrates ‘incredible, shameful’ victory over Belle Vernon in WPIAL Class 4A final
November 27, 2021
Small-school Aliquippa might be short on students, but nobody has more WPIAL football titles than the Quips.

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Central Valley’s Matt Merritt rolls out to pass against Aliquippa on Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit.
Central Valley seeks 3rd straight WPIAL title, unbeaten North Catholic could spoil plans
When Central Valley takes the field Saturday, this will be the third WPIAL championship appearance in a row for some of the team’s starters.

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Serra Catholic coach Jose Regus (right) celebrates with his team after defeating Beaver Falls, 35-12, in the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Serra Catholic forces 9 turnovers, wins for coach in WPIAL Class 2A finals
November 26, 2021
Serra Catholic coach Jose Regus wore a hat at Heinz Field that said “battle,” a brand name of sportswear, but also one word that captures both his determination to coach and his defense’s relentlessness to win.

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North Catholic quarterback Joey Prentice works out on Aug. 9, 2021, in Cranberry.
WPIAL Class 3A football championship breakdown: Central Valley vs. North Catholic
WPIAL Class 3A football championship

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Mt. Lebanon nose tackle William Henry plays against Central Catholic on Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon’s latest title gives youngest Harvey brother equal bragging rights at Thanksgiving dinner
November 23, 2021
Thanksgiving means family, food and football in the Harvey household, and as the youngest of eight kids, William Harvey grew up hearing stories from the time his oldest brother won a WPIAL title.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko leads his team onto the field for their game against Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
PIAA releases sites, times for state football quarterfinal round
November 22, 2021
PIAA football playoffs

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Moon head coach Ryan Linn hugs Jeremiah Dean after Dean’s touchdown against Penn Hills during WPIAL Class 5A semifinal action on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
5 things we learned: Some WPIAL finalists wait decades for championship chance
Welcome to Heinz Field.

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Aliquippa’s Cyair Clark tries to fight off the tackle of Central Valley’s Landon Alexander during a game Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
If forced to Class 5A, Aliquippa might consider leaving WPIAL football for independent schedule
November 21, 2021
Forcing the Aliquippa football team to play schools two, three or four times its size isn’t safe or fair, regardless of whether the Quips are winning those games, says the school district’s top administrator.

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Mt. Lebanon players celebrate their win in the WPIAL 6A final against Central Catholic on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at Norwin Senior High School.
Alex Tecza’s 4 TDs help lift Mt. Lebanon to 1st WPIAL football title in 21 years
November 20, 2021
Central Catholic had about six weeks to devise a new strategy for stopping Alex Tecza, Eli Heidenreich and Joey Daniels, yet the three seniors and their Mt. Lebanon teammates proved undeniable.

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Central Catholic’s Gannon Carothers hurdles Mt. Lebanon’s Tommy Boehner during their game on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
WPIAL 6A football championship breakdown: Mt. Lebanon vs. Central Catholic
WPIAL Class 6A football championship

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North Allegheny’s Maura Mlecko shows off her four PIAA cross country medals after helping the Tigers to the 2021 state title.
North Allegheny’s Mlecko steps into PIAA cross country history books as 4-time team champion
There was a time when Maura Mlecko was the freshman on North Allegheny’s cross country team, running at the state championship meet in Hershey for the first time. But like runners on that course, four years can go by fast.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza carries against Central Catholic’s Devin Barren during their game on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon seeks 1st WPIAL title in decades vs. Central Catholic team familiar with finals
On one sideline will be Mt. Lebanon, the undefeated No. 1 seed in the WPIAL playoffs that is making its first championship appearance since 2000.

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Moon’s Jeremiah Dean cruises into the end zone against Penn Hills during a WPIAL 5A semifinal Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 at Newman Stadium.
Moon headed to 1st WPIAL final since 1998 after topping Penn Hills in semis
November 19, 2021
Heinz Field hadn’t been built the last time Moon made the WPIAL football finals, but the Tigers are headed there now.

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Moon’s Ben Bladel celebrates with Dylan Sleva late in their game against Bethel Park on Friday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Moon.
Seeking 1st WPIAL finals trip since 1998, No. 1 Moon faces Penn Hills in semifinals
A sign hanging inside Moon’s football stadium chronicles the milestone years in team history. One look at that board reminds the current Tigers that their team hasn’t reached the WPIAL finals in more than two decades.

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North Allegheny swimming brings back retired coach to replace Patrick Wenzel
November 18, 2021
Citing personal reasons, title-winning North Allegheny swimming coach Patrick Wenzel resigned this fall after leading the WPIAL’s top program for eight years.

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Medals are shown at the WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit to be live streamed Wednesday on TribLive HSSN
November 17, 2021
Athletes from dozens of Western Pennsylvania high schools will gather Wednesday morning at the Heinz History Center for the annual WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit, which will be streamed live on TribLive HSSN.

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North Allegheny tops Shaler, earns 5th consecutive trip to state volleyball finals
North Allegheny will try for No. 5.

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Hampton girls volleyball rallies past Freeport, reaches PIAA Class 3A final for 1st time
November 16, 2021
Two sets away from a trip to the state volleyball finals, perhaps the Freeport girls showed their age for the first time all season.

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WPIAL investigates allegations of ‘racial bigotry, unsportsmanlike play’ by South Side football team
November 15, 2021
The WPIAL is investigating accusations of “racial bigotry and unsportsmanlike play” levied against the South Side football team.

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North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman defends a shot against Shaler’s Mia Schubert and Cabndace Kozej (85) during the WPIAL Class 4A volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Robert Morris’ UPMC Events Center.
Fox Chapel to host semifinal doubleheader in PIAA girls volleyball tournament
November 14, 2021
Fox Chapel will host a semifinal doubleheader Tuesday night in the girls volleyball state tournament.

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Seneca Valley’s Max Marcotte battles Peters Twp.’s Dylan Shaw for possession during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
PIAA announces sites, times for state soccer semifinals
The WPIAL will have at least seven soccer teams in the state finals, and the league could have a finalist in all eight championship games. The PIAA on Sunday announced sites and times for the state semifinals with seven all-WPIAL matchups among them.

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OLSH quarterback Neimiah Azeem hands off to Stephen Greer during practice on Aug. 3, 2021, in Clinton.
5 things we learned: Big Seven keeps WPIAL Class A unpredictable
The WPIAL’s smallest classification was also its most unpredictable this fall, but Our Lady of the Sacred Heart coach Dan Bradley says he isn’t surprised by who is still standing.

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Kiski Area lineman Brandon Lawhorn Moore will play for Miami (Ohio) next season.
Kiski Area lineman Brandon Lawhorn Moore commits to Miami (Ohio)
November 13, 2021
Kiski Area’s Brandon Lawhorn Moore, one of the WPIAL’s top offensive line recruits, committed Saturday to Miami (Ohio).

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin returns a kick against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
WPIAL announces sites for football semifinals
The WPIAL on Saturday revealed host sites for next weekend’s 10 football semifinals.

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Thomas Jefferson quarterback Joe Lekse celebrates his second touchdown against Hampton with Nick Florian on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Fridley Field in Hampton..
Thomas Jefferson returns to WPIAL semifinals with dominant win over Hampton
November 12, 2021
Hampton’s offense had posted extraordinary rushing numbers all season, but Thomas Jefferson knows a little about running the football, too.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko leads his team onto the field for their game against Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
5 things to watch: Class 6A football teams 1 win away from WPIAL finals
No player on Mt. Lebanon’s football roster was yet born the last time the Blue Devils reached the WPIAL finals.

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Hampton’s Christian Liberto stiff-arms Greensburg Salem’s Christian Hosteler in the first half Oct. 1.
Hampton hopes to make noise vs. defending WPIAL champ Thomas Jefferson
November 11, 2021
The sound of a train horn punctuates Hampton home games, thanks to an ardent Talbots fan at a nearby home.

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Pine-Richland’s Rylie Wollerton plays against Hempfield Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021 at Pine-Richland High School.
Coaches announce 2021 WPIAL field hockey all-stars
November 10, 2021
Days after winning WPIAL titles, the Pine-Richland, Penn-Trafford and Shady Side Academy field hockey teams had another reason to celebrate Wednesday. Combined, the three WPIAL champions had 15 players honored as WPIAL all-stars.

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Pine-Richland players celebrate after winning the WPIAL Class 3A field hockey title Oct. 30, 2021, at Washington & Jefferson.
3 WPIAL field hockey champions to host PIAA openers Tuesday
November 7, 2021
No Western Pennsylvania field hockey team has reached the PIAA finals in the sport’s 47-year history, but three WPIAL squads will try as they start their state tournament quest Tuesday.

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North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman defends a shot against Shaler’s Mia Schubert and Cabndace Kozej (85) during the WPIAL Class 4A volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Robert Morris UPMC Center.
Sites, times announced for PIAA girls volleyball tournament
The North Allegheny girls volleyball team will begin its quest for a fifth consecutive state title at home Tuesday.

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Moon players celebrate after defeating Seneca Valley, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
PIAA announces sites, times for state soccer playoff openers
The PIAA revealed sites and times for first-round matchups in the state soccer playoffs and all eight WPIAL champions have home games.

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New Brighton’s Keandre Williams works out during practice Aug. 5.
5 things we learned: Home-field advantage didn’t guarantee wins in WPIAL 1st round
November 6, 2021
There are high school football stadiums in Western Pennsylvania where visiting teams rarely win. New Brighton walked into one of those daunting places Friday night and confidently won.

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North Allegheny’s Eva Kynaston finishes fourth in the Class AAA girls race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
Freshmen runners help North Allegheny boys, girls again sweep WPIAL titles
The starting line at a cross country championship can be a stressful scene for first-timers, yet North Allegheny’s freshmen clearly weren’t fazed.

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Peters Township’s Jacob Mascosko avoids North Hills’ Liam Tracey during WPIAL Class 5A playoff action Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 at Martorelli Stadium.
Long passes let No. 11 Peters Township upset North Hills in WPIAL playoffs
In many ways, Peters Township quarterback Sam Miller epitomizes his football team.

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Clairton’s Greg Lee carries the ball in practice.
5 things to watch: First-round byes create new twist for WPIAL football playoffs
November 5, 2021
Byes, byes, byes.

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North Hills’ John Green scores a second-quarter touchdown against Pine-Richland on Oct. 15 at Martorelli Stadium.
North Hills, Peters Township hope to out-perform their seeds in ‘wide open’ 5A
November 4, 2021
The No. 11 is listed next to Peters Township’s name on the WPIAL football brackets, but the Indians sure don’t feel like a double-digit seed.

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Central Catholic’s Donovan Hinish pressures North Allegheny quarterback Tanner Potts during the second quarter on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL football likely down to 7 teams in 6A as PIAA releases 2022-23 parameters
November 2, 2021
The WPIAL’s largest football classification — 6A — is likely getting smaller again.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza carries against Central Catholic’s Devin Barren during their game on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Breaking down the 2021 WPIAL football playoffs
October 30, 2021
Class 6A

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Steel Valley quarterback Cruce Brookins carries past Serra’s Michael Schanck during their game on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, in Munhall.
WPIAL reveals football playoff brackets, surprises with No. 1 seed in 2A
In the span of a year, Steel Valley went from a one-win season to the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL football playoffs.

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North Allegheny offensive coordinator Mike Buchert talks with lineman Abdallah Daud during the Tigers’ practice on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Unsung line coach has helped North Allegheny win battles in trenches for 3 decades
Who decided that the running backs and wide receivers are called skill-position players? North Allegheny line coach Mike Buchert strongly disagrees.

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Central Vallley’s Landon Alexander celebrates his first touchdown with assistant coach Shawn McCreary during the first quarter against Aliquippa on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
2021 WPIAL bracketology: Don Rebel, Chris Harlan predict football playoffs
For the second year in a row, football coaches won’t crowd into a Green Tree ballroom to see the WPIAL playoff brackets announced. Instead, the brackets will be revealed in a video livestream at 6 p.m. Saturday on TribLive HSSN.

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Steel Valley’s NiJhay Burt stiff-arms Serra’s Ryan Brooks during their game on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, in Munhall.
Nijhay Burt carries No. 5 Steel Valley past Serra Catholic to clinch Allegheny Conference title
October 29, 2021
WPIAL rushing leader Nijhay Burt was averaging 2 yards a carry on his first 10 tries Friday night, yet nobody this season has frustrated the Steel Valley star for an entire game.

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Serra Catholic’s Pharoh Fisher tracks a pass during practice.
5 things to watch in Week 9: Winner-takes-all matchups in 2 WPIAL conferences
Serra Catholic hasn’t celebrated a conference title since 2007, and the 14 seasons since included some lean years for the Eagles. The team went winless in 2012 and endured one-win seasons in 2013 and ’14.

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Laurel Highlands quarterback Rodney Gallagher rolls out to pass during a game against Belle Vernon on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at James Weir Stadium in Rostraver.
5 things we learned in Week 8: Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher delivers again in must-win game
October 24, 2021
Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher has delivered many times before in must-win situations, but those often had him holding a basketball in his hands.

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Robbie Labuda and his Mt. Pleasant teammates joined the WPIAL Class 3A rankings this week.
Trib HSSN high school football rankings: Oct. 23, 2021
October 23, 2021
Class 6A

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Brownsville leaving WPIAL football for independent schedule
Leaving WPIAL football was an idea Brownsville athletic director Scott Roebuck once was adamantly against, but now he agrees that drastic move is the best chance to save the program.

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The North Allegheny girls volleyball team is the four-time defending PIAA champion.
Rare defeat helped North Allegheny girls volleyball players refocus
The winning streak had stood at 57 section victories when the North Allegheny girls volleyball team saw its unbeaten run stunningly end this season.

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Moon’s Ben Bladel sacks Bethel Park quarterback Max Blanc during their game on Friday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Moon.
No. 1 Moon shuts out Bethel Park, clinches Allegheny Six title
October 22, 2021
Moon has a fondness for physical football, clock-consuming drives and 225-pound running backs.

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North Hills’ Liam Tracey break the tackle attempt by Kiski’s Dominic Dininno on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at Martorelli Stadium.
5 things to watch in Week 8: Home field at stake for WPIAL 1st round and quarterfinals
There’s no place like home, especially in the playoffs.

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Bethel Park’s Troy Volpatti competes against Gateway on Sept. 18, 2020.
Winless a year ago, Bethel Park challenges Moon for conference title in Allegheny Six
A year after going winless, the Bethel Park football players have a chance this week to call themselves champions of the Allegheny Six.

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Allderdice’s Jaerone Parker carries against Brashear during a City League semifinal on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.
Allderdice wins rematch with Brashear, returns to City League championship
October 21, 2021
Using Jaerone Parker as a wildcat quarterback was a new wrinkle Allderdice added to its game plan this week while preparing to face Brashear for the second time in eight days.

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New Castle head coach Bill Cook and pitcher Rocco Bernadina celebrate together on the field after defeating Wyoming Area in the PIAA class 4A state championship on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Penn State University in State College.
4 WPIAL coaches earn statewide honor from PIAA
October 20, 2021
Four WPIAL coaches earned state coach of the year honors from the PIAA for the 2020-21 school year.

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WPIAL says Plum football used ineligible player, must forfeit game
October 18, 2021
The Plum football team used an ineligible player in some games this season, the WPIAL decided Monday, meaning the Mustangs must forfeit those contests.

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Gateway’s Patrick Body Jr. is tackled by Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli on Oct. 8.
Gateway hopes for strong finish after season full of growing pains
October 17, 2021
Gateway football players receive a video scouting report every Sunday from coach Don Holl that starts with an update on the state of the season.

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Brashear receiver Ta’Mere Robinson catches a pass during practice on Sept. 8, 2020.
Five things we learned in Week 7: City League star, state’s top junior sidelined for season
October 16, 2021
One of Pennsylvania’s top football players may miss the rest of his junior season with a knee injury.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli carries the ball against Belle Vernon on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
Trib HSSN high school football rankings: Oct. 16, 2021
Class 6A

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Moon’s Dylan Sleva carries for a long gain during the fourth quarter against Upper St. Clair on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Tigers Stadium in Moon.
Dylan Sleva drives dominant 4th quarter as No. 1 Moon outlasts Upper St. Clair
October 15, 2021
There wasn’t much surprise whenever Dylan Sleva got the football in the fourth quarter, yet Moon kept feeding their 225-pound battering ram.

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North Catholic players work out on the first day of heat drills during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Cranberry.
5 things to watch in Week 7: North Catholic leads WPIAL defenses chasing zeroes
Zero has become North Catholic’s favorite number.

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Upper St. Clair celebrates Ethan Hiester’s touchdown against Penn Hills on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at Upper St. Clair High School.
Upper St. Clair revamps offense mid-season, readies ‘wildcat’ for No. 1 Moon
October 14, 2021
An old football adage says if you’re playing two quarterbacks, you actually have none.

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Penn Hills’ Ava Adamski sets against Franklin Regional on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021at Penn Hills High School.
PIAA eases preseason practice requirements for most sports, not football
October 13, 2021
The PIAA says it’s OK to skip practice.

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Kentucky coach John Calipari visits Imani Christian to see 6-10 freshman phenom
October 12, 2021
Imani Christian is a small school in East Hills, yet Saints basketball coach Khayree Wilson welcomed one of college basketball’s biggest names Tuesday.

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The Central Valley student section celebrates the Warriors’ first touchdown during the first quarter against Aliquippa on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
WPIAL launches league-wide food drive with competitive twist
October 11, 2021
The WPIAL launched a league-wide food drive Monday that runs until Oct. 23 and since sports teams are involved, it comes with a competitive twist. Participating schools will compete against one another to donate the most meals.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Grayson Dee catches a pass in the rain over Central Catholic’s JD Younger during the third quarter on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
5 things we learned in Week 6 of H.S. football: ‘You can’t control the weather’
October 10, 2021
After rushing for 167 yards and two touchdowns on Friday, Mt. Lebanon running back Alex Tecza didn’t sleep well that night.

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Trib HSSN high school football rankings: Oct. 9, 2021
October 9, 2021
Class 6A

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Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza carries against Central Catholic’s Devin Barren during their game on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon shows ‘toughness’ in lightning-delayed win over No. 1 Central Catholic
Mt. Lebanon quarterback Joey Daniels dislocated a finger on his left hand Friday night while catching a trick-play touchdown, but he was back behind center Saturday morning to finish the lightning-delayed game.

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North Allegheny’s Connor Chi celebrates his goal withTrey Gallo during the Class AAA state championship game against Malvern Prep on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Defending PIHL champion North Allegheny plans to enjoy the ride
The lake wasn’t frozen, so the North Allegheny hockey team traded its sticks for oars and competed in the Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival at North Park.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko leads his team onto the field for their game against Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Lightning postpones Central Catholic vs. Mt. Lebanon football game to Saturday
October 8, 2021
When Central Catholic visited Mt. Lebanon on Friday night, the game was supposed to be electric, not the weather.

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Hampton’s Zach Panza celebrates with teammates after scoring on a penalty shot against Kiski Area on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at Fridley Field in Hampton.
WPIAL recognizes 5 schools with Sportsmanship Award
Six-time winner Hampton was among five schools named Friday as recipients of the WPIAL Sportsmanship Award, joining Derry, Laurel, Moon and Upper St. Clair.

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North Hills’ Robert Dickerson commits to Bucknell for both football, baseball
College football coaches want Robert Dickerson as a slot receiver, but the North Hills senior knew he didn’t want to put away his baseball glove and bat for good.

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The Gateway football team takes the field before the start of its game against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville.
5 things to watch in Week 6: De facto conference champions to be crowned?
October 7, 2021
No, it’s not over ‘til it’s over.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Eli Heidenreich works out during practice on Aug. 11, 2021, in Mt Lebanon.
Central Catholic, Mt. Lebanon battle for 1st place in WPIAL Class 6A
Unlike last week, there won’t be any motivational banner hanging over Mt. Lebanon’s locker room entrance.

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Clairton’s Tyler Boyd scores against Southern Columbia during the fourth quarter of the 2011 PIAA Class A state championship game at Hersheypark Stadium.
5 things we learned in Week 5 of H.S. football: Clairton’s 66-game streak is safe
October 2, 2021
The Wyomissing football team might have a thank you gift headed its way with a Clairton postmark on the package. Suddenly, the Bears are huge fans of the high school near Reading.

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